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Obsession with ‘clean eating’ masks eating disorders, says Nigella Lawson

Published 09/12/2015 | 12:11

British TV personality and food writer Nigella Lawson
British TV personality and food writer Nigella Lawson

Chef Nigella Lawson has said that an obsession with ‘clean eating’ can often be the mask for serious eating disorders.

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The respected food writer has admitted her disdain for the ‘clean eating’ trend, which she says provides people with a sense of superiority over others and encourages them to ‘self-persecute’.

“People are using certain diets as a way to hide an eating disorder or a great sense of unhappiness and unease with their own body.”

“There is a way in which food is used either to self congratulate – you’re a better person because you’re eating like that – or to self-persecute, because you’ll not allow yourself to eat the foods you want,” Nigella said speaking at the JW3 Speaker Series in London.

Nigella Lawson poses with her book 'Simply Nigella' during day three of Stylist Magazine's first ever 'Stylist Live' event
Nigella Lawson poses with her book 'Simply Nigella' during day three of Stylist Magazine's first ever 'Stylist Live' event

The cook-book author revealed that complimenting a person on their weight-loss encourages the idea that skinnier is better.

“I generally think it is not food if it is through that being thinner is always better. What happens as a result is that somehow you are seen as a better person.

“If you are naturally think that is fantastic – but if you have to starve yourself to be thin it is not good to encourage people to be in that shape because it is not good for you,” Nigella said.

Last week on The Late Late Show, the kitchen queen spoke about her mother’s struggle with an eating disorder.

“I knew she had a thing about thinness but I worked it out later... When she was dying she allowed herself to eat. To wait until you have a terminal disease for you to enjoy eating is an awful thing,” she said.

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