Although Orthorexia Nervosa has been around since 1996, it has only gained attention from the media over the last couple of years. There are lots of different articles on the Eating Disorder, but here, we shall be debunking myths surrounding the condition, whilst supplying some extra information. If you, or someone you know has this condition, always seek medical advice from your GP or contact B-eat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity for help and advice.
Myth #1 – Veganism is Orthorexia. Many people sustain a healthy and balanced vegan lifestyle, but do not have an eating disorder. Orthorexia is the psychological condition that obsesses with the “purity” and “healthiness” of food, rather than consciously choosing to follow a particular diet.
Myth #2 – It isn’t a “real” problem. Unfortunately, Orthorexia is a serious eating disorder, and is being recognised by some medical professionals. Although it has not been clinically diagnosed in the UK, many people are showing the symptoms, and there have been cases of fatalities caused by the condition.
Myth #3 – If someone has Orthorexia, they can’t have another eating disorder. Stella Stathi, an Integrative and Jungien Psychotherapist and Eating Disorder Specialist explains that quite commonly, people show Orthorexia symptoms within other eating disorders and vice-versa. Eating disorders are not rigid, and symptoms can vary person to person.
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