Orthorexia: Fixation On Healthy Eating

Orthorexia: Fixation On Healthy Eating


IN TODAY’S HEALTHIER ME: WHAT STARTS OFF AS A TRUE INTENTION OF WANTING TO BE HEALTHY .. SOON BECOMES AN OBSESSION WITH ONLY EATING PURE FOODS. IT’S AN EATING DISORDER CALLED “ORTHOREXIA” — A TERM COINED BY A CALIFORNIA DOCTOR IN THE LATE 90’S AND DESCRIBED AS A FIXATION ON RIGHTEOUS EATING. ERIKA EDWARDS REPORTS. JORDAN YOUNGER HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR A WAY TO CURE HER LIFELONG DIGESTIVE ISSUES… AND BEGAN A HEALTHY DIET FULL OF VEGETABLES, FRUITS, NUTS AND WHOLE GRAINS. BUT AS HER STOMACH PROBLEMS PERSISTED, YOUNGER TOOK EXTREME MEASURES BY ELIMINATING MORE AND MORE FOODS FROM HER DIET. SOT: JORDAN YOUNGER HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE BLOGGER AUTHOR – :16 – :24 “I STARTED CUTTING OUT A LOT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRUITS AND THEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF NUTS, AND THEN QUINOA AND ALL KINDS OF GRAINS……”AT ONE POINT I WAS JUST EATING GREEN VEGETABLES.” YOUNGER — AN AUTHOR AND BLOGGER — WAS LACKING KEY NUTRIENTS. SHE BECAME FATIGUED AND STARTED LOSING HER HAIR. HER SOCIAL LIFE SUFFERED. SOT: JORDAN YOUNGER HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE BLOGGER AUTHOR – :35 – :46 “IT WAS HARD ON EVERYONE AROUND ME BECAUSE WE COULDN’T JUST GO TO A RESTAURANT AND ENJOY THE NIGHT AND GO OUT FROM THERE. IT WAS LIKE CAN JORDAN EAT ANYTHING HERE, PROBABLY NOT…” YOUNGER HAD DEVELOPED AN EATING DISORDER CALLED ORTHOREXIA. …IT’S NOT FORMALLY RECOGNIZED AS A CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS DUE TO LACK OF RESEARCH, BUT DOCTORS SAY IT’S BECOMING INCREASINGLY COMMON. SIGNS INCLUDE BECOMING PRE- OCCUPIED WITH FOOD AND BEING FEARFUL OF EATING AROUND OTHERS. SOT: ASHLEY SHEIL THERAPIST RENFREW CENTER – 1:02 – 1:13 “THEY’RE REALLY MOTIVATED TO EAT HEALTHY, EAT CLEAN AND THAT MOTIVATION IS MORE OF A PREOCCUPATION AND A FOCUS ON FOOD THAN A TRADITIONAL EATING DISORDER WHICH WOULD BE MORE FOCUSED ON WEIGHT. EXTREME CASES CAN RESULT IN WEIGHT LOSS, MALNUTRITION AND DEPRESSION. SOT: ASHLEY SHEIL THERAPIST RENFREW CENTER – 1:17 – 1:24 “TREATMENT REALLY NEEDS TO BE A COMBINATION OF THERAPY AND NUTRITION THERAPY IN ORDER TO HAVE THE BEST RESULTS. YOUNGER WAS ABLE TO OVERCOME HER ORTHOREXIA WITH COUNSELING… AND NOW EATS A BALANCED DIET THAT INCLUDES MEAT, EGGS, AND A LOT OF FISH. ERIKA EDWARDS, NBC NEWS. HAVING A GOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM IN PLACE IS ALSO A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF RECOVERING FROM THIS EATING DISORDER.