"Everything in moderation. Nothing in excess," so says the wise gourmand -- or any person with any common sense at all, for that matter.

But there are some people dedicated to a controversial concept called "clean eating" that will stand by this disputed practice. This concept, which still remains valid among a small group of dietary fanatics, means being extremely picky in the foods they eat. In other words, they have an excessive liking for only a few types of healthy foods (especially vegetables) to the exclusion of others (especially meat).

"Clean eaters" eat only whole foods in their most natural state. They avoid processed foods such as refined sugar in the earnest hope this healthy choice will improve their health.

A praiseworthy goal in itself, no doubt. But what has given clean eating a less than savory reputation is the insistence of some to take this goal to its obvious extreme. That is, taking the idea of clean eating so far as to make it an eating disorder much the same way anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is a well-known eating disorder that causes people to starve themselves to become thin.

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