Had your fill of news spewing information on eating disorders? Well, you haven't heard the last of it then! Here's a new one coming your way - orthorexia nervosa. Surprisingly, though researchers report a 'significant' rise in this disorder, which can get as deadly as its predecessors. "Orthorexia nervosa", in simpler terms, is the Brits' new-found obsession for healthy food. According to the experts, sufferers with the obsession for healthy eating tend to be aged over 30, and are middle-class and well-educated. The condition, which affects equal numbers of men and women, is described as a "fixation on righteous eating". "I am definitely seeing significantly more orthorexics than just a few years ago," the Telegraph quoted Ursula Philpot, chair of the British Dietetic Association's mental health group, as saying. "There is a fine line between people who think they are taking care of themselves by manipulating their diet and those who have orthorexia," said Deanne Jade, founder of the National Centre for Eating Disorders. "I see people around me who have no idea they have this disorder. I see it in my practice and I see it among my friends and colleagues," she added. The condition, named by a Californian doctor, Steven Bratman, in 1997, involves rigid eating that includes not touching sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn, and dairy foods. It can leave some sufferers malnourished, lead to pressures in their personal relationships, and make them become socially isolated. Until recently, doctors only included them under the "catch-all label of Ednos" - eating disorders not otherwise recognised. While exact numbers of people suffering the disorder are not available, experts say it now represents a significant proportion of the Ednos group. Source: ANITAN << Global Warming Resulting in 40pct Less Snowfall On Australi... Disease-Causing Genetic Variants May Soon Be Uncovered >> Recommended Reading People Wasting Billions of Pounds on ‘Fake’ Health Food Products Globally every year, obese people waste billions of pounds on food products that 'imply' that they aid weight loss, but are totally ineffective, says a nutritional expert on bmj.com today. READ MORE Oz Researchers Think 'Traffic Light Nutrition Labels' Help Identify Healthy Food A new study by researchers in Australia has shown that consumers are more likely to identify healthy food when they see colour-coded traffic light nutrition labels. READ MORE God's Own Country's Culinary Aroma Wafts Across the World The aroma of Indian culinary skill has reached foreign shores, attracting them in hordes to idyllic landscape of Kerala. READ MORE Binge Eating Disorder When a person overeats, he is unable to control his hunger pangs, while during an emotional/binge eating session, he is incapable of controlling his emotions. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder? Chronic dieting is associated with eating disorders that mainly include unhealthy eating practices such as severe calorie restriction in diet of men or women who on a regular basis follow fad diets mainly to reduce weight. READ MORE Diabulimia Diabulimia is an eating disorder particularly in patients with type I diabetes caused by reducing and/or skipping insulin doses. READ MORE Loss of Taste Symptom of loss of taste usually occurs in combination with loss of smell and can be complete loss or partial loss of taste. It can also be temporary or permanent, though the latter is very rare. READ MORE Orthorexia Nervosa Are you a Health Food Junkie? Are you obsessed with what you eat all the time? You may be a victim of a condition called Orthorexia Nervosa. READ MORE Sleep Eating Disorders Sleep-related eating disorders are abnormal eating behaviors that occur during night. Sleep related eating disorder is a part of parasomnias. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Noscaphene (Noscapine) Find a Doctor Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: Binge Eating DisorderBulimia NervosaSleep Eating DisordersOrthorexia NervosaLoss of TasteDiabulimiaChronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder?