What happened to Kathy when her whole life revolved around eating healthy food? Is loyalty to any one healthy diet really what her body needed? Is it possible to overdo the ‘evolved diet’? If you have never contemplated any of this, there is good reason to.
Does the sight of even the slightest quantity of oil in your food turn you off? Do you plan tomorrow’s food today? Or does your diet socially isolate you?
If your answers to these questions are yes then you must be suffering from a disorder called orthorexia. The world of food faddist has discovered yet another food disorder, one that easily escapes detection, as it has the pursuit of
health at its very root: Orthorexia Nervosa.
The trouble in our times is the excessive selectiveness in diets. Dr. Steve Bratman, an American doctor who worked as a staff cook in a commune in up state New York, coined this term in an article called ‘Health Food Junkie’ in the Yoga Journal, on 31st October 1997. It plays with ‘ortho’, meaning straight and correct, and ‘orexia’, which is appetite. Orthorexia Nervosa refers to a pathological fixation eating proper food. Like the name suggests, it does have a few similarities with Anorexia Nervosa, the difference being that the latter deals with quantity of food consumed, while Orthorexia Nervosa deals with quality of food.
Latest Publications and Research on Orthorexia NervosaIs the prevalence of orthorexia nervosa in an Australian university population 6.5%? - Published by PubMed
[Potential relationship between juice cleanse diets and eating disorders. A qualitative pilot study]. - Published by PubMed
People behind unhealthy obsession to healthy food: the personality profile of tendency to orthorexia nervosa. - Published by PubMed
Muscle Dysmorphia and its Associated Psychological Features in Three Groups of Recreational Athletes. - Published by PubMed
Orthorexia nervosa in a sample of Portuguese fitness participants. - Published by PubMed