Orthorexia: An Obsession With Healthy Eating

By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Sep 14, 2007 • References: calorielab
Here's an eating disorder that might not look so bad at first glance. Unfortunately, just like over-eating, anorexia or bulimia, this eating disorder can take a spin for the worse when it becomes excessive. Orthorexia is an obsession with being healthy, from fueling your body with only organic foods to meticulously counting calories and getting adequate exercise.

Calorie Lab interviewed Dr. Bratman who says it can become dangerous "when food becomes a source not just of nutrition, but of virtue or self-worth, when eating 'bad' food implies that one is a bad person, and when the diet becomes a source of either self-esteem or, conversely, guilt and self-loathing."

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