Remember that these proposed disorders are NOT geared to people with diabetes. Also, they are severe, not just refusing to eat fruit because it has too many carbs. People with orthorexia can get so thin and sick that they die, because they eliminate too many foods from their diets. I once knew a woman who was a “fruitarian” based on the mistaken belief that we were biologically intended to eat only fruit. Well, she got VERY sick, because fruit doesn’t contain as much nutrition as many believe, and certainly not complete nutrition. She would be an example of an orthorexic. She wasn’t just “different” but truly sick.
And picky eaters go WAY beyond the scope of someone who’s limiting food for diabetic reasons. Existing on french fries, macaroni and cheese, plain cheese pizza, chocolate milk and hamburgers is not a particularly healthy diet, even though they don’t get sick like orthorexics. One woman went out to eat with her boyfriend, and would only eat rolls. Another woman had to ride in a car with a cooked turkey for 4 hours, and vomited the whole way. These people get harassed by friends and family for not being able to eat really ordinary foods, and it’s really bad for kids. I remember being made to sit at the table until I ate some food I really couldn’t stand. Well, I sat there until 11 PM, when my mother got so tired she gave up. It only happened that once, because my mother realized she couldn’t win, but some children are really abused – one woman reported that she sat at the table for 3 days, with permission only for bathroom breaks, and still couldn’t eat the food in question. It’s not wilfull rebellion, but it CAN turn into a power struggle if parents let it. And many of these people bear the scars into adulthood. They aren’t just “different”, but truly dysfunctional.
So, no, these disorders are absolutely unrelated to what we do as diabetics, nor to any other people who follow disease-related dietary restrictions. My pickiness, which is probably too mild to qualify as a disorder, simply makes it harder to eat for diabetes, but some of these people are really suffering.