Orthorexia - Symptoms

Orthorexia nervosa symptoms

As you all know WikBio is a portal dedicated to health education, including providing information on diseases, treatments, natural remedies, and food and many more themes.

But like everything in life, there is also an extreme form of health issues, including the desire to be healthy. Most people are aware of the importance of a healthy diet, do some exercise and go making changes little by little to get used to a healthy lifestyle without going to the extremes.

Dr. Steven Bratman, discovered a new condition, dangerous, in which people pursue health to a psychotic extreme. In 1997, coined the term orthorexia, which is the unhealthy obsession (as in obsessive-compulsive disorder), so the patient feels healthy eating. The person may avoid certain foods such as greasy, preservatives, animal products, or other ingredients considered unhealthy.

The worst thing is that if dietary restrictions are too severe or improperly handled, malnutrition may be just around the corner, including weight loss, even with the potential to end as anorexia nervosa.

Although orthorexia can reach extreme anorexia, however, the motivation of orthorexia is very different. An anorexic wants to lose weight, and a orthorexic want to feel pure, healthy and natural.

Symptoms of Orthorexia Nervosa

What are the symptoms of a orthorexic?

He or she may have the following symptoms:

  • Spend more than 3 hours a day thinking about healthy food
  • Careful planning of the menu of the day from morning
  • Criticize others for not eating well
  • Severely deprived of food than they once enjoyed to eat only pure food.
  • Feeling guilty when you leave your "healthy" diet
  • Feeling that everything is under control when you eat your diet correctly
  • Feeling virtuous by what you eat, but it enjoys
  • Experienced a reduction in quality of life or social isolation

So what if you or someone close to you experience these symptoms? It would be interesting to have the help of a nutritionist or health professional who specializes in treating this type of eating disorder.

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