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January 18th, 2011, 07:18 AM
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So I thought i would start sharing with you different types of eating Disorders .. and I've actually come across a few I had never heard of. I'll share a new one every few days, as I learn about them.

Orthorexia Nervosa

It should be noted that Orthorexia Nervosa is not a condition that a physician will diagnose, as there is no clinical guideline for this disorder. It is a condition that has been observed as an extreme pattern of dietary purity and has not yet been defined under the clinical diagnostic manual (DSM-IV).
Orthorexia Nervosa is an obsession with a "pure" diet, where it interferes with a person's life. It becomes a way of life filled with chronic concern for the quality of food being consumed. When the person suffering with Orthorexia Nervosa slips up from wavering from their "perfect" diet, they may resort to extreme acts of further self-discipline including even strictor regimens and fasting.
"This transference of all of life's value into the act of eating makes orthorexia a true disorder. In this essential characteristic, orthorexia bears many similarities to the two well-known eating disorders anorexia and bulimia. Where the bulimic and anorexic focus on the quantity of food, the orthorexic fixates on its quality. All three give food an excessive place in the scheme of life." (Steven Bratman, M.D., October 1997)
As noted by BeyondVeg.com, Orthorexia Nervosa should only be characterised when it is in the long-term (paying attention to healthy food for a few weeks where it becomes a normal and healthy routine not obsessed over, would not be considered a disorder), when it has a significant negative impact on an individual's life (thinking about food to avoid the stresses of life, thinking about how food is prepared to avoid negative emotions, thinking about food the majority of each individual's day), and where food rituals are not better explained by something like religious rites (such as in the Orthodox Jewish religion).
Please read the following links for more information:

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Obsession with dietary perfection can sometimes do more harm than good, says one who has been there.
CLARIFYING ORTHOREXIA: Obsession with Dietary Purity as an Eating Disorder
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January 19th, 2011, 08:25 PM
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Orotho has been the biggest challange for me to overcome. During my recovery it never had a label placed on it until I met a woman from group.

Thanks for this hun, not many people know about it!
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January 20th, 2011, 11:11 AM
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I've known some girls in the past who also had this - but it didn't have a name to it. I'm sorry it has been such a challenge to you.
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