Orthorexia: Causes, symptoms and treatment


Orthorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an obsession with the perceived “purity” of food. People with orthorexia might restrict themselves to eating only unprocessed or organic foods, cut out whole food groups from their diet or restrict themselves to eating raw foods only. 

The condition goes beyond a general concern with maintaining a healthy diet. For people with orthorexia, the pursuit of a “perfect” diet takes up a significant amount of time and energy, and interferes with work, school and relationships. In some cases, it can even lead to malnutrition.


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