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The obsession about which foods are "good" and which are "bad" means orthorexics can end up malnourished. Their dietary restrictions commonly cause sufferers to feel proud of their "virtuous" behaviour even if it means that eating becomes so stressful their personal relationships can come under pressure and they become socially isolated.
"The issues underlying orthorexia are often the same as anorexia and the two conditions can overlap but orthorexia is very definitely a distinct disorder," said Philpot.
This is no joke: If you focus on eating healthy foods, you're "mentally diseased" and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs.
Healthy food obsession sparks rise in new eating disorder
They are telling me that wanting to eat healthy is a mental disorder?
Originally posted by BigDaveJr
reply to post by ModernAcademia
Why is it that unhealthy foods taste so much better than healthy foods? You only live once,so I'll eat My beef,Pork and other unthealthy foods and enjoy Myself.
In a quest to cure themselves of a specific disorder, or simply just taking healthy eating to extremes, orthorexics develop their own increasingly specific food rules. Working out how to stick to their self-imposed dietary regimen takes up more and more of their time and they are compelled to plan meals several days ahead. They tend to take a 'survival kit' of their own food with them when they go out, as they cannot eat readily available foods for fear of fat, chemicals or whatever their particular phobia might be.
The Bratman Test for Orthorexia
-- Do you spend more than 3 hours a day thinking about your diet?
-- Do you plan your meals several days ahead?
-- Is the nutritional value of your meal more important than the pleasure of eating it?
-- Has the quality of your life decreased as the quality of your diet has increased?
-- Have you become stricter with yourself lately?
-- Does your self-esteem get a boost from eating healthily?
-- Have you given up foods you used to enjoy in order to eat the 'right' foods
-- Does your diet make it difficult for you to eat out, distancing you from family and friends?
-- Do you feel guilty when you stray from your diet?
-- Do you feel at peace with yourself and in total control when you eat healthily?
-- Yes to 4 or 5 of the above questions means it is time to relax more about food.
-- Yes to all of them means a full-blown obsession with eating healthy food.