Orthorexia: When Eating Healthy Turns Obsessive

When does the obsession with eating healthy become borderline unhealthy?

 Orthorexia-nervosa is an extreme infatuation with consuming foods believed to be healthy. Although widely acknowledged by eating disorder experts, Orthorexia is not a recognized clinical diagnosis.

Warning signs include:

  •  Following a highly restrictive diet
  • Constant fasting and detoxification
  • Fixation with food labels and ingredients
  • A compulsive obsession with food quality and purity

 Orthorexia can cause:

  •  Malnourishment
  • Confusion & shame
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Social withdrawal
  • Moodiness & irritability

How to cope with Orthorexia?

Be honest with yourself. Seek professional help from your doctor, a skilled nutritionist or psychologist.

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