orthorexia

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orthorexia

(ˈɔːθəˌrɛksɪə)
n
(Medicine) a disorder characterized by a morbid obsession with eating healthy foods only
[C21: from ortho- + (ano)rexia]

orthorexia

- An obsession with eating only "healthy" food.
See also related terms for healthy.
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We see an increase in individuals with orthorexic behaviours - such as highly restrictive diets - who use wellness sites.
According to WebMD, here are some key questions to ask when trying to identify orthorexic behaviour:
Recent studies were unable to determine who can fall into the orthorexic trap, but it seems women are a high-risk group, Fox News reported.
While orthorexia may not have a DSM classification, it is widely agreed that orthorexic behaviors can be a gateway to--or a screen to cover up--a full-blown eating disorder like anorexia nervosa.
The more severe this imbalance, he says, the more the orthorexic feels antagonistic toward the environment, becoming hyperaware of external impurities.
Most of our lot make unmitigated crap," she helpfully explains, "but it can all be repositioned as special food to help orthorexics recover, and sold at a huge premium.
Where bulimic and anorexic patients are aware of quantity, orthorexics are concerned with the quality of food - an obession with eating what they consider to be healthy foods.
DrAlex Yellowlees, medical director of the Priory Hospital in Glasgow, said orthorexics have a fastidious preoccupation with the purity of their food which has led to them being given their own eating disorder category: orthorexia nervosa.
Whereas anorexics and bulimics focus on the quantity of their food, orthorexics are obsessed with the quality, he claims.
Orthorexics can also become socially isolated as they spend more and more time obsessing about their next meal - which can prevent them from eating with family and friends.