10 Things You Need To Know About This New Eating Disorder You've Never Heard Of

It's good for you, until it's not.

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    For those of us experiencing Orthorexia Nervosa, the quest to eat right becomes an eating disorder in and of itself.

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    It often starts from a place of good intentions – with a person maintaining a healthy lifestyle or making changes to a more healthy lifestyle.

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    Over time we become a bit more obsessional – with a rigid focus on types of ingredients, types of foods, quantities, and times of day things should be eaten.

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    Orthorexia tends to be more common among those who tend to be more addictive, to be more anxious and have low self-esteem. They are also more vulnerable to having a problem.

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    Other risk factors are obsessiveness and compulsiveness, rigid or black-and-white thinking, and harm-avoidance.

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    For many of us it's a mix of genetic predisposition that drives us toward an external fix, and in this culture, the external fix is to get thinner.

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    Our health-conscious environment, for all its good intentions, may be what’s tipping vulnerable people like us over the edge.

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    The road to recovery isn't always easy, but can be achieved with eating disorder therapy.

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    A healthy life is not just about rigid adherence to an eating regimen. It is also about relationships, and balance.

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    So if you or someone you know is suffering from orthorexia, please visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org or call NEDA’s helpline at (800) 931-2237.

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