Obsessed with Healthy Living Also Can Trigger Orthorexia

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The phenomenon of the emergence of a variety of diet and how to eat healthily, sometimes cause obsession in a person to apply in total. But apparently excessive in healthy living obsession can also be dangerous because it is classified in the disease orthorexia nervosa.

Orthorexia nervosa is a condition when a person wishes to live a healthy life, until reluctant to eat some certain foods that judged unhealthily. Reported by the Daily Mail website, the disease also affects Hollywood artists such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba. They were both very obsessed with clean eating diet.

Habit to stay away from foods that are considered unhealthy such as candy, sugar, carbohydrates, junk food, the longer it can be more dominate one’s mind, starts with good intentions to live healthy, explanations from psychologists at Rutgers University, Professor Charlotte Markey. As a result emerged disorder called orthorexia.

“Gradually they reduce the sugar, salt, and wheat, milk, and so on. They are so obsessed with what they should not eat and keep it,” said professor Markey.

Sufferers will feel the action was correct, but they are not. If it happens in a long time, then one can experience malnutrition, as described by a nutritionist at UNSW, Australia, Dr. Rebecca Reynolds.

“Orthorexia can cause weight loss, malnutrition and even death,” she said.

Coupled with excessive exercise that is sometimes performed by adherents of a healthy diet. The result is that the body actually become weak and thin.

But unlike anorexia and bulimia, orthorexia is not categorized as one of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). But indeed they are naturally prone to depression.

So ideally meet the needs of the body and healthy is necessary, but do not get obsessed to avoid certain types of nutrients.

“They may not be aware, limiting certain foods like carbohydrates, which is the indispensable source of energy of the body,” added Dr. Markey.


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