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So I am doing a plot with Bobby that may be a sensitive or triggering topic for people, so I wanted to give a heads up so that no one gets blindsided. Bobby is developing an eating disorder that will grow worse over the next while, until Hex realizes what's going on and convinces him to get help. It shouldn't have much of an effect on public threads, and any private threads that deal with it more than casually will be tagged with a warning.


More specifically, Bobby is developing orthorexia, which means he will become increasingly obsessed with eating healthy/"pure" foods. As Dr. Karin Katrina stated, "Eventually food choices become so restrictive, in both variety and calories, that health suffers – an ironic twist for a person so completely dedicated to healthy eating."

From Wikipedia, symptoms of orthorexia nervosa include "obsessive focus on food choice, planning, purchase, preparation, and consumption; food regarded primarily as source of health rather than pleasure; distress or disgust when in proximity to prohibited foods; exaggerated faith that inclusion or elimination of particular kinds of food can prevent or cure disease or affect daily well-being; periodic shifts in dietary beliefs while other processes persist unchanged; moral judgment of others based on dietary choices; body image distortion around sense of physical "impurity" rather than weight; persistent belief that dietary practices are health-promoting despite evidence of malnutrition." (full Wikipedia article here for those who want to learn more.)

Exercise performance or a fit body image can also be an aspect of this obsession with health, and will be the case with Bobby. In addition to an increasingly restrictive diet, he will also become overly obsessed with exercise.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me or PM me in Slack.
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