Category: Orthorexia

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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Orthorexia & Athletes: Why Do Some Die From This Disorder?

Athlete running Orthorexia is characterized by an obsession with healthy eating. It can be confused with anorexia nervosa, which is an eating disorder. Unlike anorexia, orthorexia is not an official diagnosis but commonly seen, especially among athletes. Spiritual or a Concern Orthorexia can be thought of as a righteous and spiritual way of eating and lifestyle [1]. [...]
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Social Consequences of Clean Eating and Orthorexia

Woman struggling with clean eating Clean eating has become much more popular in the last decade. Orthorexia has typically developed from clean eating, and little is understood about the social consequences of these issues. Neither is a defined diagnosis and is a term to describe a lifestyle pattern of eating. What social implications come from individuals who clean eat or [...]
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Raising Awareness for Orthorexia

Girl practicing clean eating Orthorexia, not a diagnosis but something that is becoming more prevalent in the eating disorder field. It has been around since the late 1990s and early 2000s and presents itself as a lifestyle that involves clean or healthful eating. It is an obsession with what is in food, avoiding foods that are high in carbohydrates, [...]
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