Thank you for posting this today @jacvanek 🙏🏼 Recovery is possible.
Repost from @heytiffanyroe “It’s eating disorder awareness week and it’s super important to talk about orthorexia! Wellness culture and diet culture encourage and praise orthorexia. There. I said it. I’m pissed about it.
Although not formally recognized as an eating disorder in the DSM5, awareness about orthorexia is on the rise.
The term ‘orthorexia’ was coined in 1998 and means an obsession with proper or ‘healthful’ eating. Although being aware of and concerned with the nutritional quality of the food you eat isn’t a problem in and of itself, people with orthorexia become so fixated on so-called ‘healthy eating’ that they actually damage their own well-being. (source @neda).
Healthy eating becomes like a religion here. The obsessive disease isn’t a choice.
There is NO one body size related to Orthorexia.
All eating disorder symptoms and suffering happen on a spectrum and are deserving of being taken seriously,
Studies have shown that many individuals with orthorexia also have obsessive-compulsive disorder.
WARNING SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF ORTHOREXIA
* Compulsive checking of ingredient lists and nutritional labels.
* An increase in concern about the health of ingredients
* Cutting out an increasing number of food groups (all sugar, all carbs, all dairy, all meat, all animal products)s
* An inability to eat anything but a narrow group of foods that are deemed ‘healthy’ or ‘pure.'
* Unusual interest in the health of what others are eatings
* Spending hours per day thinking about what food might be served at upcoming events
* Showing high levels of distress when ‘safe’ or ‘healthy’ foods aren’t available
* Obsessive following of food and ‘healthy lifestyle’ blogs online.
* Body image concerns may or may not be present
🖤RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE”