Orthorexia Nervosa

Orthorexia nervosa is a relatively new term which describes a concern with eating healthily that becomes an obsession. The exact kind of food considered healthy by the individual varies.

Orthorectics spend a large amount of time thinking about food and meal-planning, and impose rigid regimes upon themselves. Inevitably they find themselves increasingly isolated and unable to socialise.

The long-term consequences of orthorexia this depends on the diet the person has imposed upon themselves. Often the health risks are not particularly greater than that of a vegetarian or vegan.

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