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What is Orthorexia?

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What is Orthorexia?

Orthorexia, or orthorexia nervosa, is an eating disorder that involves an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.

Unlike other eating disorders, orthorexia mostly revolves around food quality, not quantity. Unlike with anorexia or bulimia, people with orthorexia are rarely focused on losing weight.

Instead, they have an extreme fixation with the "purity" of their foods, as well as an obsession with the benefits of healthy eating.

A few years ago, orthorexia was in the media spotlight because of Jordan Younger, a successful blogger with more than 70,000 Instagram followers.

She shocked everyone by describing how her motivation to eat healthy became obsessive to the point of malnutrition.

Orthorexia is beginning to be recognized by the medical community, although it has not been officially defined as an eating disorder by the American Psychiatric Association or the DSM-5.

The term "orthorexia" was first coined in 1997 by the American physician Steve Bratman. The term is derived from "orthos" - which is Greek for "right."

BOTTOM LINE:
Orthorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves an obsession with healthy eating and optimal nutrition.

What Causes Orthorexia?

Although you may begin a diet simply intending to improve your health, this focus can become more extreme.

Over time, good intentions can slowly morph into full-blown orthorexia.

Research on the precise causes of orthorexia is sparse, but obsessive-compulsive tendencies and former or current eating disorders are known risk factors.

Other risk factors include tendencies towards perfectionism, high anxiety or a need for control.

Several studies also report that individuals focused on health for their career may have a higher risk of developing orthorexia.

Frequent examples include healthcare workers, opera singers, ballet dancers, symphony orchestra musicians and athletes.

The risk may also depend on age, gender, education level and socioeconomic status, but more research is needed before conclusions can be reached.

BOTTOM LINE:
The exact causes of orthorexia are not well known, but certain personality and occupational risk factors have been identified.

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