Consider some of the questions contained in the diagnostic questionnaire developed for potential orthorexics
: 1) Does your diet socially isolate you?
can be under pressure to stay fit and young while experiencing life stress on an intense, long-lasting level.
take up such a significant proportion experts say they should be treated separately.
are obsessed with eating "perfectly," even when their idea of perfect eating isn't nutritionally sound--and it's becoming more prevalent.
usually rule out sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods, as well as those in contact with pesticides, herbicides or artificial additives.
And it is not just orthorexics
who can profit from such encouragement.
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.
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.
The motivation of orthorexics
stems from a longing to feel pure, healthy and natural by pursuing a rigidly healthy diet.
"I am definitely seeing significantly more orthorexics
than just a few years ago," the Telegraph quoted Ursula Philpot, chair of the British Dietetic Association's mental health group, as saying.