An obsession with so-called health foods can mask serious mental illness

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Clinical psychologist Gillian Needleman looks at the dirty secret of clean diets.


Orthorexia nervosa is a term used to describe an obsession with healthy eating. Literally meaning ‘correct appetite’ in Greek, the disorder was named in 1997 by American doctor Steven Bratman to describe an obsessive focus on so-called clean eating, which is following a diet that is highly restrictive or completely devoid of certain food groups.

Orthorexia fits in the Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)

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