Obsessed with Healthy Eating? Orthorexia Quiz

Obsessed with Healthy Eating? Orthorexia Quiz


Hi guys! It’s Petrina here, your go to girl
for learning how to make fit work in a crazy, busy world and today I’m answering a viewer
question from my dear friend, Kelly B. who asked me on my Facebook page ‘is there such
a thing as being too food conscious and obsessed’. Kelly wanted to know if there’s a point where
food and clean eating and being healthy can become a compulsion so far to the point where
it’s not a good thing and my answer is absolutely yes! Yes there is a thing and it is called Orthorexia.
Although Orthorexia isn’t recognized by the DMS5, it is something that the National Disorders
Association recognizes. There is a clear definition for it and the definition matches up with
the question. Orthorexia is defined as an obsession with eating foods that one considers
healthy. It’s a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific
foods in the belief that they are harmful. Later in the video I’m going to give you a
series of questions you can answer and if you check off a lot of ‘yeses’, that could
be a sign that you are Orthorexic, but in the meantime I’m going to demonstrate Orthorexia
in action with a short film I call “Ortho Rex Goes to Dinner”. Waiter: Mr. Rex, welcome to Chez Mignon.
How can I help you today? Mr. Rex: Well, before I know whether I can
eat at this establishment, I need to know a few things. Waiter: Oh sure. I can help you. I know the
menu up and down. What do you need to know? Mr. Rex: Well, I can’t eat meat unless it’s
grass fed and free range without any hormones. I can’t eat anything that has dairy, soy,
corn, artificial flavors or colors. It has to be low in fat and absolutely no GMOs. Oh
and it’s got to be gluten free too. No gluten. Waiter: Oh dear. Come here, come here. This
is a problem. What should we do? Manager: We might have to call the doctor
or we just quit our job. Waiter: Okay. Ortho Rex is not very fun at parties. Now
let me make it abundantly clear I’m not seeking to make fun of people who have legitimate
food allergies or sensitivities in that little dinosaur video, but I did want to point out
how eating healthy can become to the point where it’s obsessive compulsive and it becomes
unhealthy. If you suspect that you may be suffering from Orthorexia, there are some
simple questions you can ask yourself and the more yeses you give, the more likely it
is you could be Orthorexic. Question #1: Do you wish that you occasionally
could just eat and not worry about food quality? Question #2: Do you ever wish you could spend
less time on food and more time living and loving? Question #3: Does it seem beyond your ability
to eat a meal prepared with love by someone else? One single meal and try not control
what is served. You want an example of this? You don’t have to look further than Food Babe.
She actually refused a serving of delicious Korean Hotdogs on a Hallmark channel show.
Don’t even get me started on Food Babe. Question #4: Are you constantly looking for
ways foods are unhealthy for you? Question #5: Do love, joy, play and creativity
take a back seat to following the perfect diet? Question #6: Do you feel guilt or self loathing
when you stray from your diet? Question #7: Do you feel in control when you
stick to the ‘perfect’ diet? The 8th and final question: Have you put yourself
on a nutritional pedestal and wonder how others can possibly eat the foods they eat? Again, the more yeses you give to those questions,
the more likely it is that you my friend may be Orthorexic. Having said that, following
a healthy diet in and of itself is not Orthorexia. When your food choices are taking up a ton
of your time and your attention and your energy, riddled with guilt at one single food choice
you make, it seems like the quality of your food is your central obsession, then my friend,
you have a problem. A healthy lifestyle is all about balance and
not freaking out if you get served a Korean Hotdog on a food show and making healthy food
choices shouldn’t be a major obsession of yours or causing you a great deal of stress.
If you answered a lot of yeses and you suspect you may be suffering from Orthorexia, I highly
recommend you find professional help. A good starting point would be the National Eating
Disorders Organization and you can find them at www.NationalEatingDisorders.org. There’s
no shame in reaching out for help when you need it. That’s it for this week guys. As always, if
you have any questions you can email me at [email protected] You can always check
out my crazy sexy cool website over at PetrinaHammFitness.com That’s it. Take care and have a great weekend.
Bye guys!