Category: Orthorexia

Orthorexia & Processing Emotions

Nature Path in Woods into Sunlight Despite not being an officially recognized eating disorder diagnosis, orthorexia nervosa (ON) has become fairly well-known. Characterized by an unhealthy obsession with “healthy” eating, orthorexia impacts approximately 21 to 57.6% of people in the United States [1]. A great deal of research has been done on symptoms of “official” eating disorder diagnoses such as anorexia nervosa, [...]
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Why Perfectionists May Be Drawn Into Orthorexia

Woman with Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa (ON), although not formally recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is a type of disordered eating frequently observed by eating disorder specialists that are derived from an obsession with “proper,” “clean,” or “healthful” nutrition. [1,4] While being aware of and concerned with the nutritional quality of food doesn’t constitute [...]
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Clean Eating Can Trigger Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder

Lady making one of her many meals for her Grazing diet Many often ask “what’s the problem with attempting healthful eating or clean eating?” and the National Eating Disorders Association provided the perfect response, stating that “although being aware of and concerned with the nutritional quality of the food you eat isn’t a problem in-and-of-itself, people with orthorexia become so fixated on so-called ‘healthy eating’ that [...]
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Obsessive Exercise: Do I have a Problem?

cheerful young athletes jogging autumn morning There exists a very thin line between healthy exercise and a dangerous obsession. Where working out holds numerous benefits for our physical and mental health, obsessive exercise can be just as detrimental. Understanding compulsive exercise disorder Some people over-exercise or engage in obsessive exercise (better known as compulsive exercise disorder) as a means of keeping [...]
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Compulsive Exercise & Eating Disorders

Woman running with Compulsive Exercise and Eating Disorders Sponsored By: Carolina House Exercise and body movement can be highly beneficial to one’s health. However, as with everything, moderation is key, and there are many times that exercise can become dangerous when coupled with disordered eating thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. While compulsive exercise is not an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of [...]
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EDH Weekly Hope: Orthorexia – How to Define “Health” Amidst the Chaos

Vegetarian man working on Orthorexia and Health As our society continues to evolve, our behavior and aspirations change along as well. There is a relatively new concept that has been getting a lot of attention in the last couple of years, and that is orthorexia. Orthorexia and Health are often used to describe a kind of eating disorder associated with healthy eating, [...]
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Self-Assessment of Orthorexia

Woman struggling with Binge Eating Disorder and Fertility Issues Orthorexia is an obsessive and unhealthy fixation with healthy eating. It is not listed as an official diagnosis or classified in the DSM-V. In 1998, the term “orthorexia” was coined. It is defined as “an obsession with proper or ‘healthful’ eating.” [1] What is Orthorexia An individual can become all-consumed with what to eat, how much [...]
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Orthorexia and Perfectionism: Correlations & Facts

Woman with flowers The link between eating disorders and perfectionism has been studied extensively, with most researchers and clinicians maintaining that one of the common central features of all EDs involves the desire for physical or emotional perfection, or both [1]. Most of this research supports the relationship between perfectionism and anorexia and bulimia nervosa (AN and BN). [...]
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