Orthorexia Nervosa

In this disorder, eating exclusively what one perceives to be “healthy” interferes with one’s social life and can negatively impact their physical and/or psychological health. Orthorexia often starts out with a desire to improve health, but can develop into obsessive fixation on eating patterns and exercise regimens. 

Orthorexia is characterized by:

  • An extreme focus on “clean” or “healthy” eating.
  • Extensive time spent meal planning/prepping food.
  • Obsession with checking nutrition labels and ingredient lists.
  • Intense feelings of shame or guilt for eating foods deemed “unhealthy.”
  • Foregoing eating if safe foods are unavailable.
  • Rules about healthy eating impact other aspects in life such as relationships, finances, occupation, and/or sleep.
  • Potential physical symptoms common in other eating disorders such as weight loss, cold intolerance, hair loss, GI issues, etc.

How we can help with Orthorexia Nervosa:

  • Give direction regarding balanced nutrition and lifestyle that is specific to you
  • Provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for exploring recovery
  • Help reduce food fears and work toward mindful and intuitive eating
  • Give direction for nutrition replenishment 
  • Provide guidance/recommendation if a higher level of care is warranted
  • Work with other members of your healthcare team to help develop and apply coping skills that support your recovery

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Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Binge Eating Disorder

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Other Specified Feeding & Eating Disorder

Orthorexia Nervosa

Compulsive Exercise

Disordered Eating

Body Image Disturbance 

Co-Occurring Conditions