Obsession with healthy eating 10pm 3-16-2015

Obsession with healthy eating 10pm 3-16-2015


ADMISSION FEES AND CAMPING FEES. IN A DAY AND AGE… WHERE WE ARE IN A CONSTANT BATTLE WITH OBESITY… SOME ARE LOOKING TO FIGHT BACK BY MAKING MORE MINDFUL, HEALTHY CHOICES. BUT THERE IS SUCH A THING AS TRYING TO BE TOO HEALTHY. IT’S KNOWN AS ORTHOREXIA. AS NBC 15’S AMY PFLUGSHAUPT FOUND OUT… WHEN TAKING HEALTHY EATING TO THE EXTREME… IT CAN HAVE SOME DAMAGING EFFECTS. ” HOW CAN SOMEONE BE AN INTELLEGENT PERSON… AND IT GET OBESSESIVE ALMOST.” WHAT STARTED OUT AS GOOD INTENTIONS TO BE HEALTHY… “CLAIRE” TURNED TO WORKING OUT REGULARY AND EATING CLEAN. “NO PAIN NO GAIN.” BUT THAT QUICKLY SPIRALED OUT OF CONTROL.. THE ACTIVE MOTHER OF TWO… BECAME OBSESSED WITH READING FOOD LABLES. AVOIDED EATING OUT ALL TOGETHER… ONLY EATING THINGS SHE PREPARED. SHE THEN STARTED CUTTING OUT ENTIRE FOOD GROUPS… FIRST GLUTEN… THEN DAIRY. HER TURNING POINT… STUMBLING UPON THE WEBSITE – YOUREATOPIA.COM. “I THINK IT SAVED MY LIFE. ” “THIS BLOG WAS SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AN EATING DISORDER. NO, I THOUGHT THIS CAN’T BE ME” “CLAIRE” WAS ESSENTIALLY STARVING HERSELF OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS… BY EATING ONLY ORGANIC VEGETABLES… TURKEY BREASTS… AND LOW GLYCEMIC FRUIT. ” I WAS DIAGNOSED ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO WITH ORTHOREXIA AND ANOREXIA. ” “CLAIRE” ISN’T ALONE. ORTHOREXIA WAS FIRST COINED IN THE 90’S BY A DOCTOR WHO DESCRIBED HIS OBSESSION WITH EATING CLEAN. NOW… IT’S A TERM THAT MORE DOCTORS ARE USING… EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT RECOGINIZED AS AN OFFICIAL MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS. ” ALL EATING DISORDERS HAVE BEEN GROWING ESPECIALLY SINCE THE 1950S. AGAIN, EVEN THOUGH ORTHOREXIA ISN’T A SPECIFIC EATING DISORDER BUT IT IS FOLLOWING THE SAME TRENDS AS THE DIAGNOSED EATING DISORDERS AND IS BECOMING MORE COMMON.” DR. PAULA CODY – AN ASST. PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS AT UW HEALTH SAYS THERE NEEDS TO BE MUCH MORE INDEPTH RESEARCH ON ORTHOREXIA IN ORDER TO DEFINE IT… HOWEVER… DOCTORS SAY THERE ARE SEVERAL WARNING SIGNS. YOU FEEL GUILTY ABOUT FOOD CHOICES. YOU’RE CONTROLLED BY FOOD – OFTEN FEELING ANXIETY ABOUT WHAT INGREDIENTS WERE USED TO MAKE YOUR MEAL. YOU ARE CRITICAL OF THE WAY OTHER PEOPLE EAT. YOU ELIMINATE FOOD GROUPS. “YOU CAN SEE SOME VITAMIN AND MINERAL DIFICENCES. IN FEMALES YOU CAN SEE THAT THE PERIODS STOP AND THEN WE START WORRYING ABOUT BONE HEALTH. ” IN ADDITION TO MEDICAL CONCERNS… IT CAN HAVE SOCIAL AND PSYCOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES. ” THAT PERSON BECOMES A LITTLE MORE ISOLATED AND LESS WILLING TO GO AND EAT OUT BECAUSE THEY’RE CONCERNED THEY WONT BE ABLE TO FIND SOMETHING THEY LIKE WHEN THEY GO OUT. ” WHILE THIS SOUNDS PRETTY SIMILAR TO ANOREXIA… ORTHOREXIA IS AN ANIMAL ALL IT’S OWN. ” IT IS VERY SIMILAR TO ANOREXIA IN PART THAT YOU GET TO SOME RESTRICTIVE EATING PATTERNS BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE THE SAME BODY IMAGE UNDERTONES OR DESIRE TO LOSE WEIGHT NECESSARILY AS ANOREXIA DOES.” REGISTERED DIETIAN – SARAH VAN RIET SAYS MANY OF HER CLIENTS STRUGGLE WITH FINDING BALANCE. ” ONE OF THE WAYS TO HELP US TEASE THAT OUT… IS IT GETTING IN THE WAY OF YOUR NORMAL LIFE? IF A PERSON IS STRUGGLING WITH THIS – THEY MAY NOTICE THEIR WORK PERFORMANCE OR SCHOOL PERFORMANCE IS SUFFERING. RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOVED ONES OR FRIENDS ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THIS.” VAN RIET SAYS ORTHORXIA AFFECTS A RANGE OF AGES, GENDERS, ETHNICITIES. IN ORDER TO TREAT IT… IT’S A TEAM EFFORT. ” IT TAKES A MEDICAL PROVIDER, A MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER, IT TAKES A NUTRITIONIST. AND THE TEAM BASED APPROACH HAS THE MOST SUCCESS . ” AS FOR “CLAIRE”… SHE’S STILL ON HER JOURNEY ON OVERCOMING ORTHOREXIA. AND SHE SAYS IT’S ONE SHE’LL BE ON THE REST OF HER LIFE. ” MY MOTO NOW IS LIVING. I’M NOT SURVIVING ANY MORE. I’M LIVING. I’M NOT WAITING TO FEEL BETTER. I’M JUST LIVING.” BEFORE MAKING ANY MAJOR CHANGES TO YOUR DIET… BEFORE MAKING ANY MAJOR CHANGES TO YOUR DIET… YOU ARE ALWAYS ENCOURAGED TO TALK WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FIRST. TO HEAR MORE OF CLAIRE STORY, OR READ MORE ABOUT ORTHOREXIA… HEAD TO NBC15-DOT-COM.