Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What is Orthorexia?

Did any of you catch the ABC piece on Obsession with 'Pure' foods Leads to Eating Disorder this morning on Good Morning America?

Here is the link to the story: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/orthorexia-obsession-healthy-foods-leads-eating-disorder/story?id=10173614

I would love to hear your thoughts.
Are you often avoiding certain foods so you can eat really "clean" and feel better?
Does eating "pure/clean" foods help with your anxiety?
Are you isolating yourself socially?
Spending increasing amounts of time food shopping and reading food labels?

Orthorexia is not yet a diagnosable eating disorder but clinics are seeing these patterns of people worrying about what is in their food to the point that they are becoming dangerously ill.

What if you allowed yourself to try those foods that you used to let yourself have? Just one for now? Why not try it if it gives you back your normal existence?

Email me or call me at Hope Network, Inc. to share your stories. You too can recover as the woman in the GMA piece did.

1 comment:

Kristie Rutzel said...

thank you for helping to bring awareness to this! There are vary obvious symptoms and struggles that are seperate from the diagnosis of anorexia...so much so that individuals can suffer for years and never be "qualified" to receive medical help! yes, you can recovery from all eating disorders! ;-)