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Obsession With Healthful Food Is A Real Eating Disorder

January 1, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
A little-known syndrome discovered two decades ago may win the distinction of becoming the eating disorder of the modern era. Orthorexia nervosa is defined as an unhealthy obsession with healthful eating. It often starts with a desire to eat "clean" whole foods in their natural state, but then hardens into a rigid eating style that can crowd out other activities and relationships. Though not yet recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), that will eventually change because it “is affecting a huge segment of the population,” according to one nutrition expert.[Image Credit: © silviarita from Pixabay]
Jancee Dunn, "Is Orthorexia the Eating Disorder for the Digital Age?", Vogue, January 01, 2019, © Condé Nast
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