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My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

When Healthy becomes Unhealthy.

I felt i had to share this, because i know that many when they are trying to recover turn to eating healthy and clean, as a way to minimize anxiety, and thinking there is nothing wrong with eating healthy. But there is a balance between healthy, and unhealthy-healthy!


June 2009 Issue
Orthorexia: When Eating Healthy Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession
By Lindsey Getz
Today’s Dietitian

There’s a fine line between including foods deemed healthy in your diet and eating nothing but! Teaching your clients the value of all foods can help them forge a healthy relationship with eating and may prevent them from taking their diet to a potentially dangerous extreme.
What could be wrong with a desire to eat healthy? After all, promoting healthy eating is part of a dietitian’s job description. But when the urge to eat healthy foods becomes more of an obsession, there may be an eating disorder in the works—and the consequences can be dangerous.

Although it is not yet a clinically recognized term or disorder, orthorexia is gaining wider recognition as cases continue to emerge and capture media attention. Steven Bratman, MD, author of Health Food Junkies — Orthorexia Nervosa: Overcoming the Obsession With Healthful Eating, coined the term to denote an eating disorder characterized by an obsession with eating foods deemed healthy.


Orthorexia could easily begin as simple healthy habits but then spiral out of control, adds Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, a national liaison for the National Eating Disorders Association and the cofounder and nutritional director of the Eating Disorder Associates Treatment & Referral Centers and Eating Wellness Programs of New York. “The person takes something that’s normally considered healthy and good for their body and takes it to the extreme,” she says. “They wind up with disordered thinking and psychological torment. The behavior becomes restrictive to the degree that it begins to interfere with the person’s quality of life. And what starts out as something they are controlling becomes something that controls them.”
Unlike anorexia or bulimia, orthorexia is not about the desire to become thin. “The driving force seems to be a desire to eat a perfectly healthy or even ‘pure’ diet,” says Deborah Kauffmann, RD, LDN, owner of Mindfulness Based Nutrition Counseling in Baltimore. “For instance, organically grown vegetables and fruits may be thought of as ‘safe foods’ [for both those with anorexia and orthorexia] because they are seen as healthy and low in calories. But artificial sweeteners and diet frozen meals, which usually seem acceptable to someone with anorexia, would not be seen as acceptable to someone with orthorexic tendencies. Conversely, expeller-pressed canola oil may be acceptable to someone with orthorexia but not someone with anorexia because of the fear of weight gain due to eating fat.”




If you have a client who follows a particularly restrictive diet, try to gain a sense of their feelings about food and whether they’re behaving obsessively. “In other words, if they go to a party and they’re only serving fried foods, are they going to be devastated? Are they not going to eat all night? These are signs that their behavior is extreme,” warns Tribole.
“Also look for any patterns that your client has become overly ritualistic when it comes to their diet,” adds Stokes. “If you find out it takes them an extraordinary amount of time to shop for food, that could be another indicator.”

Like other eating disorders, orthorexia may also have a lot to do with control. Those with orthorexia often want to be able to heavily regulate the health food they consume. Kronberg says this may be particularly true of clients who have an unmanageable illness and have become desperate to take control of their situation.
“If they have some illness or disease that medicine could not cure, they may become obsessed with their diet, something they feel they can control even when they can’t control the disease,” she explains. “Maybe they have cancer and they follow a macrobiotic diet extremely rigidly. Or maybe they have multiple sclerosis and they read a book that said to eliminate animal protein. These behaviors can start with good intentions but can lead to a restrictive diet, which isn’t healthy for the client.”


A recent article on orthorexia that appeared in The New York Times reported on an 18-year-old girl who began her struggle with food when she started eliminating all carbohydrates, meats, refined sugars, and processed foods from her diet. By the time she had gotten rid of all of the foods that she thought were not “pure,” she had brought her daily calorie intake down to only 500. Her weight fell to 68 lbs, and she was repeatedly hospitalized until she finally received help and restored her weight.
Which food(s) your client may obsess over depends largely on his or her own experiences. “It’s all based on information,” says Kronberg. “People may have become carb restrictive because of the Atkins diet or fat phobic because of some various theories they’ve heard. It’s all about what they read or what they hear, and the obsession differs from person to person.”

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