Orthorexia Nervosa: When Healthy Eating Becomes a Disorder

Orthorexia Nervosa: When Healthy Eating Becomes a Disorder

 Alina Petre, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian. With Master's Degree in Sport Nutrition.

Being mindful of the foods you eat and how they affect your health is generally regarded as a good thing.However, for some people, there’s a fine line between healthy eating and an eating disorder.

 Enthusiasm for a healthy diet only morphs into orthorexia when it starts to negatively affect physical, social or mental health. Orthorexia is expected to result in medical complications similar to those linked to other eating disorders.

 A constant preoccupation with healthy eating can have negative psychological effects, and is linked to impaired brain function. The rigid eating patterns, intrusive food-related thoughts and feelings of moral superiority can have negative social effects.

This disorder can have life-threatening consequences, and should not be taken lightly. Consulting with your doctor, psychologist or dietitian is strongly recommended.

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1 Reply

  • When does it become recognised as a problem? When the food industry starts losing income?

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