Category: Orthorexia

Orthorexia & University Students in Mexico

Girl Developing an Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is a word that is less common than the behavior it defines. Literally translated to “correct eating,” the term refers to “having a pathological obsession in pursuit of a healthy diet” and is characterized by an “obsessive and pathological approach to eating what is perceived as “healthy [1].” What Characterizes Orthorexia Many [...]
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When Eating Clean Leads to Orthorexia

Woman near waterfall practicing self-care Contributor: Staff at Carolina House Many people have started to turn to clean eating to lose weight or get healthier. But for some people, eating clean can actually put them at an increased risk for developing certain eating disorders, like orthorexia. As a purportedly more nutritious way to eat, clean eating has cropped up all [...]
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Orthorexia: When Eating Well Becomes an Illness

Woman on the beach struggling with co-occurring disorders Contributor: Chelsea Clarke, MS, RDN, LD of EDEN Treatment Center Variety, balance and moderation. These are the essential hallmarks of a healthy diet. Food is intended to be an enjoyable aspect of life while providing the nourishment required to keep a body functioning well. Unfortunately, due to factors such as social media, the diet industry, [...]
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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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