An obsession with eating correctly and the relation between this internal control and the control of the world around.
Orthorexia and horizon-lines
When we see the horizon, we see it as a line. The more of it we see the more it encircles us. It is a circle, but with us in the middle it is flat. When we see it all we are in awe or terrified. We often only get it in segments, wide views or blips, arcs read as lines. This is to imagine that our feet are on the ground; yet when we lift up our feet, the farther and farther we get from the ground the more this line starts to curve, bending, elongating, until it clicks in on itself and we gain a world view.
There is a lot of property sold on this way upward. And in the 2000s the focus of high-rise real-estate has been private ownership, luxury residences. Selling real estate with the amenity of a piece of the horizon.
Is the horizon a kind of punctuation. A way of placing things in relation to each other. A way of knowing where you are? And where you are relative to what else you see? A way of seeing that everything else is relative to your perspective? Is it markable, marked or built in different quantities, having a different meaning the more or less of it there is? Marketable, sold dressed with value, something that can be held, something that can be bitten?
In 2016 I visited some of the condos for sale at One57 and 432 Park avenue and started to think about the effects of advertising and selling of horizon line-views when they were embodied in a domestic space: how did these views, in the place of wall space to hang something, become in some sense owned, as a part of the property of a home? And how does owning a bit of the horizon confuse one’s control of personal space with control of the world around them?
To be orthorexic is to be obsessed with correctness. Orthorexia is an eating disorder. It is comparable to anorexia, if you replace control’s relation to quantity with quality. Quality in the sense of healthy and organic, the raw and the pure, the environmentally conscious and the correct.
Arlin, Stephen, Dini, Fouad, and Wolfe, David. Nature’s First Law: The Raw-Food Diet. San Diego, CA: Maul Bros. Pub., 2003. Print.
Bollnow, Otto Friedrich. “Horizon and Perspective.” Human Space. Trans. Christine Shuttleworth. Ed. Joseph Kohlmaier. London: Hyphen, 2011. 72-78. Print.
Bratman, Steven, M.D., M.P.H. Health Food Junkies: Overcoming the Obession with Healthful Eating. New York: Broadway, 2000. Print.
Bratman, Steven, M.D., M.P.H. “Foreword.” Foreword. Breaking Vegan: One Woman’s Journey from Veganism, Extreme Dieting, and Orthorexia to a More Balanced Life. By Jordan Younger. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds, 2016. 8-11. Print.
Bryant, William. “The Re-Vision of Planet Earth: Space Flight and Environmentalism in Postmodern America.” American Studies Fall 36.2 (1995): 43-63. Print.
Ghazal, Rym. “Fatwa Means Late Iftar on Top Burj Khalifa Floors.” The National. The National, UAE, 8 Aug. 2011. Web. 30 July 2016.
Gins, Madeline. Helen Keller or Arakawa. Santa Fe, NM: Burning, 1994. Print.
Herbert, Victor, and Barrett, Stephen. Vitamins & “Health” Foods: The Great American Hustle. Philadelphia, PA: George F. Stickley, 1981. Print.
Hoger, Kerstin, and Verband Freierwerbender Schweizer Architekten Christiaanse, Kees. “Corporate Urbanism and Sustainability – New Strategies of Branding.” Archithese 37.6 (2007): 50-53. Print.
Kloss, Jethro. Back to Eden. Loma Linda, CA: Back to Eden, 1984. Print.
Langmuir, Molly. “What Happens When “Clean Eating” Turns Into Obsession?” ELLE. ELLE, 19 Nov. 2015. Web. 30 July 2016.
Le Corbusier. Le Poème de L’Angle Droit. Trans. Kenneth Hylton. Paris: La Fondation Le Corbusier and Editions Connivences, 1989. Print.
Lynch, David K. “Visually Discerning the Curvature of the Earth.” Applied Optics 47.34 (2008): H39-43. Print.
Macklowe Properties, and CIM. 432 Park Avenue: Current Availability. New York, NY: 56th and Park (NY) Owner, LLC, 2015. Print.
The National Staff of Environmental Action. Earth Day–the Beginning: A Guide for Survival. New York: Arno, 1970. Print.
Ozenfant, Amédée, and Pierre Jeanneret. “The Right Angle.” Plumbing: Sounding Modern Architecture. Ed. Nadir Lahiji and Daniel S. Friedman. New York: Princeton Architectural, 1997. 21-31. Print.
Plumer, Brad. “NASA Wants to Keep the International Space Station Going until 2024. Is That a Good Idea?” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2014. Web. 30 July 2016.
Ronson, Jon. “New York Above 800 Feet: Who Lives Up There?” The New York Times. The New York Times, 04 June 2016. Web. 30 July 2016.
Spencer, Colin. The Heretic’s Feast: A History of Vegetarianism. London: Fourth Estate, 1993. Print.
Thebalancedblonde. “#theblondevegan • Instagram Photos and Videos.” Instagram Photos and Videos. 2013. Web. 1 July 2016.
Thomas, Patricia. “Woman sued over soup ‘cure.’ (Ann Wigmore’s views about AIDS).” Medical World News, 13 June 1988: 67.
Van Peursen, Cornelius A. “The Horizon.” Husserl: Expositions and Appraisals. Ed. Frederick Elliston and Peter McCormick. Notre Dame, IN: U of Notre Dame, 1977. 182-201. Print.
Whelan, Elizabeth M., and Stare, Fredrick J. Panic in the Pantry: Facts & Fallacies about the Food You Buy. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Book, 1992. Print.
Wilson, Bee. Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008. Print.
Younger, Jordan. Breaking Vegan: One Woman’s Journey from Veganism, Extreme Dieting, and Orthorexia to a More Balanced Life. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds, 2016. Print.
Younger, Jordan. “My Life With Orthorexia.” Refinery29. N.p., 4 November 2015. Web. 30 July 2016.
Younger, Jordan. “Why I’m Transitioning Away from Veganism.” The Balanced Blonde. N.p., 23 June 2014. Web. 30 July 2016.