Dark Green carborexics the latest generation of extreme green addictsOctober 21st, 2008 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 21 (ANI): Being environmentally aware is one thing, and being obsessed with it, is another, say US psychiatrists, who warn that extreme environmental awareness may be creating a generation of carborexics.
In a new survey, it was found that seven per cent of Americans come into the category of dark green hard core recyclers and carbon footprint worriers.
However, scientists claim that there is a thin line between these behavioural traits qualifying for eco-leadership or bordering on the obsessive-compulsive.
A report in the New York Times detailed all manner of lifestyles that might be considered carborexic.
Dark green activities in the US include running cars on waste vegetable oil and using ones lawn as a bathroom to save water.
In fact there are many people who sleep together just to reduce heating bills.
One couple in Seattle actually reuses the same Ziploc bag for a year.
However, such instances have led mental health experts to worry.
If you cant have something in your house that isnt green or organic… if youre criticising friends because theyre not living up to your standards of green, thats a problem, The Telegraph quoted Elizabeth Carl, a psychologist and specialist in obsessive-compulsive disorders, as saying.
According to Dr Jack Hirschowitz, a New York psychiatrist, such behaviour can only be called a disorder if it was undermining everything else in the subjects life.
David Zucker, a sustainability specialist at Porter Novelli, a PR company which has studied Americas dark greens, said they were inordinately influential over other peoples behaviour.
He said that the deepest dark greens were bordering on the fanatic.
He added: Theyre pushing towards a lifestyle of zero consumption. You know Americans. We take everything to an extreme. (ANI)
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