Tag Archives: Orthorexia

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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Disordered Eating Levels & Diagnosis: What is Wrong With Me?

Woman laying in grass, struggling with Disordered Eating Disordered eating is becoming a popular term within clinical settings and can be part of a severe eating disorder. Westernized societies often have unrealistic views on dieting, weight, shape, and exercise. Research has shown that over 50% of the U.S. population has problematic relationships with food or exhibit disordered eating characteristics [1]. Characteristics of These [...]
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Orthorexia and Anorexia – Comparison and Correlation, Part III

Woman with anorexia The first two parts of this series have shown that the behavioral foundations and consequences of Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) and Anorexia Nervosa (AN) make them formidable disorders to treat. Part III of this series moves past this gloom to focus on what interventions and treatments are most effective in overcoming these disorders. Diagnosis Only AN [...]
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Orthorexia & Anorexia – Comparison and Correlation, Part II

Woman struggling with an eating disorder Part I of this series made it clear that, while they may share similar properties, Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) and Anorexia Nervosa (AN) are very different disorders. Jump into Part II to learn how these disorders impact the population as well as the physical, and emotional risks that they pose. Prevalence With the highest mortality rate [...]
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Orthorexia and Anorexia: Comparison and Correlation, Part I

Woman getting therapy Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is a reasonably new eating disorder that is becoming more common and more well-known. Many compare this disorder to Anorexia Nervosa (AN) as they have a few overlapping symptoms. However, it is essential to be aware that both need to be considered different disorders and approached as such when it comes to [...]
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Anorexia or Orthorexia?

Woman with Anorexia in the rain Anorexia nervosa and orthorexia nervosa can and often confused with each other. There are some similarities to both disorders, but there are also many differences. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and differences of each disorder can help determine if you or a loved one is struggling with either disorder. Orthorexia Defined Unfortunately, orthorexia is not recognized [...]
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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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Hiding Orthorexia Nervosa: Restricting in the Name of Health

Woman with BED walking her dog Orthorexia is a relatively new term within the eating disorder field. It is not a diagnosable disorder but is considered a type of disordered eating. Those with orthorexia typically fixate on healthy or ‘clean’ eating. It can start as a small change in eating where a person is working on incorporating less processed foods into [...]
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