"Orthorexia" is a term that describes an obsession with eating healthy food (from the Greek “ortho” = correct and “orexis”= appetite). A person with orthorexia is fixated with the quality rather than quantity of their food to an excessive degree. Orthorexia can start with “healthy” or “clean” eating, then progress to the elimination of entire food groups such as dairy or grains, and then to the avoidance of foods such as those with artificial additives, foods treated with pesticides, or particular ingredients (e.g. fat, sugar or salt).
Although orthorexia is not officially recognised in the DSM-V, it is a serious mental health condition that can cause irreversible health complications. Although there has not yet been much research conducted on orthorexia, it seems that orthorexic behaviours and attitudes are common amongst people with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder.
Book: Health Food Junkies, by Steven Bratman
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