- Clean eating is the new dietary trend among
- Social media, health and food bloggers, and athletes are promoting
clean eating which may have a negative impact on young people
is an eating disorder in which the sufferer eats food believed to be healthy
girls are more likely to suffer from orthorexia than boys
Clean eating is the latest dietary practice
more common among teenagers, which makes them extremely thin or even causes
death in extreme cases. Being watchful of what gets inside the body is good,
but when it turns into an obsession, it can be dangerous. In the recent years,
people have become obsessed over choosing foods in their whole, natural state,
avoiding processed foods
. Some people tend to
completely avoid certain food groups such as dairy and wheat products. This can
have a negative impact on health and cause nutritional deficiencies and
diseases. According to Dietitians', clean diets are often expensive and
According to a study published in the British
Nutrition Foundation, one in ten teenagers is at risk of nutritional
, with half of teenage girls falling short on iron
and one in five at risk of inadequate calcium.
‘Clean eating is gaining popularity from social media, food and health blogs. This practice is more common among teenage girls than boys.’
Is Clean Eating an Obsession?
Clean eating is popularized by food and
health bloggers, celebrities, athletes, and social media. Medical experts have
warned that clean eating can have a negative impact on certain vulnerable young
people. Clean eating diets tend to
discourage the consumption of certain foods and results in nutritional
Rhiannon Lambert, a Registered Associate
Nutritionist in London, said that she had encountered people who are obsessed
over where the food comes from. "People become obsessed with eating habits.
They do not eat food while walking because they think that food can only be
processed when they are seated. All this interferes with general life and
becomes an obsession."
"Young people lose sleep over this and
cannot afford the lifestyle needed to maintain it. Health bloggers can be
unqualified and offer dangerous advice. Not all of them want to impose their
lifestyle on others, but lots of them do and they often give advice on clean
eating with no scientific backing," said Lambert.
"The books come along; the products come
along and these people are now role models whose every word will inspire
impressionable young people. I have clients who think they have to be vegan to
be successful," she added.
There is no official statistics for the number
of children and young people who follow clean eating practices. But, according
to psychologists and nutritionists, there is a surge in the number of
youngsters, especially girls who practice clean eating.
- Eliminating certain foods causes nutritional deficiencies
- People may overeat when eating clean
There has been a rise in the number of people
who suffer from an eating disorder due to the fact that "clean eating" had
doubled in the last year, said Lambert, who treats 180 patients a year. The
extreme form of this is psychological condition is called as orthorexia
is an eating disorder in which people become
more obsessed with eating to improve their health. The word Orthorexia comes
from the Greek word 'orthos' meaning right and correct and 'orexis' meaning
appetite. People who suffer from this psychological condition take healthy
eating to extremes and develop specific food rules. Orthorexia is similar to anorexia
or bulimia nervosa
, but people with
anorexia are concerned with the quantity of food consumed, whereas people with
orthorexia are concerned with the quality.
Young people who suffer from Orthorexia
Nervosa are more concerned about eating healthy and less focused on losing
weight. Orthorexics have obsessive behaviors such as self-induced dietetic
limitations and become fixated on food quality and purity. As orthorexia
progresses and develops, it can cause malnutrition from dietary restrictions,
social isolation and emotional instability.
Ursula Philpot, Dietitian, said, "A fixation
with eating healthily had been a noticeable route into eating disorders for
vulnerable individuals in the past couple of years." Social media and blogs are
the key drivers of the trend. Orthorexia affects girls more than boys, although
boys are much more affected than previously, she added.
The foods people worry about eating has
changed over the years. Gluten and dairy are the top most of most people's
lists of bad foods. The condition begins as an attempt to eat healthily, but
people become fixated on food quality and purity. Eating disorders are serious
psychological illnesses. Studies have shown that they may be more biologically
based than previously thought, but social and environmental factors also play a
part, said Philpot.
- Orthorexia nervosa - when healthy eating is no
longer healthy - (https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/orthorexia-nervosa)
- Orthorexia Nervosa - (http://www.eufic.org/article/en/health-and-lifestyle/eating-disorders/artid/orthorexia-nervosa/)
- Orthorexia Nervosa: Taking Clean-Eating to an
Obsessive Level - (https://www.rogershospital.org/blog/orthorexia-nervosa-taking-clean-eating-obsessive-level)