Orthorexia, or orthorexia nervosa, is a form of disordered eating that involves an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. Unlike anorexia or bulimia, people with orthorexia are rarely focused on losing weight. Instead, they are obsessed with eating foods that they consider healthy or “clean,” while systematically avoiding foods believed to be harmful.
When people create these rules and structure around their diets, they feel surges of confidence when they’re able to exhibit control; however, when they falter, the knee-jerk reaction is to tighten the reins, ultimately setting themselves up for failure. Also, these types of restrictive diets can quickly turn into micronutrient imbalances and deficiencies in the body.
Share provided by Linnette Johnson, MS, MA, CNS, RALC, LDN
(She/Her) - Nutrition Coach and Educator, Registered Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant,
Mindfulness Meditation Coach and Herbalist.