Orthorexia: Where do we draw the line?
Orthorexia: An unhealthy obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.
We’re all familiar with the obsessive nature around health in the pursuit of weight loss or alteration of body shape.
But orthorexia is a little different.
Those who suffer from orthorexia are 'fuelled by the desire to consume pure, healthy foods, obsessing over maintaining a perfect diet rather than an ideal weight'.
Or referred to as: ‘a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods that they believe to be harmful.’
Often, these removed or ‘feared’ foods are not actually harmful but believed to be so.
Common excluded food items:
** Entire food groups such as:
** Meat/Animal products
While this may be a normal approach to food for some people, if you are suffering from orthorexia your attitude and behaviour toward eating a clean diet is obsessive and exaggerated.
In severe cases, orthorexia can lead to malnutrition when critical nutrients are eliminated from the diet and can progress into an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
This obsession can crowd out other activities and interests and put a strain on relationships with family and friends as maintaining a dietary pattern becomes more important than maintaining connections.
Do you know someone going through this? Be gentle, kind, compassionate (even (especially) if it's toward yourself), and reach out for support if you feel you need it. <3
The Intuitive Dietitian xx