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Orthorexia and emotion:
What are the emotional risk factors and consequences of orthorexia?
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Overview[edit | edit source]

Orthorexia is a fast developing and dangerous eating disorder. Seen as an unhealthy fixation with eating healthy, it becomes a obsession with emotionally damaging consequences.

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What is orthorexia?[edit | edit source]

Orthorexia is a newly discovered eating disorder that is defined as a unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. Although there is quite a bit of research and studies on orthorexia, it is not yet a recognised officially as an eating disorder in the DSM-5, however there are several links to characteristics of an eating disorder (Petrie, 2020).

Figure 1. This is an example of a clean eating meal.

Causes[edit | edit source]

  • health focused industries (Petrie, 2020)
  • social media (Turner & Lefevre, 2017)

Signs and symptoms[edit | edit source]

  • obsession with 'clean eating'
  • weight loss
  • distress when eating junk food
  • (Pertie, 2020)
Treatment[edit | edit source]
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Medication
  • (Koven & Arby, 2015)

Emotional consequences[edit | edit source]

  • Obsessive compulsive traits
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

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Koven, N. S., & Arby, A. W. (2015) The clinical basis of orthorexia nervosa: emerging perspectives. Neuropsychiatric Disease Treatment 11, 385-394. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S61665

Petre, A. (2020). Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes A Disorder. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/orthorexia-nervosa-101#cause

Turner, P.G., Lefevre, C.E.(2017) Instagram use is linked to increased symptoms of orthorexia nervosa. Eat Weight Disord 22, 277–284. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-017-0364-2

External links[edit | edit source]

The Butterfly Foundation