Orthorexia Nervosa

Orthorexia Even though I have spend countless hours doing research and trying to find out the best way to eat, work out and live, it seems that there is always something new I wasn’t aware of. I have to tell you that I have recently came across something I had no idea existed. I know that there are several eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and so on, but did you know that there is a new one caused by knowing too much? Well it is not all about knowing, it is more about trying to know, checking everything you eat and how much you eat.

Most specialists define this new condition, orthorexia nervosa, as an obsession. The term has been chosen in connection with another disease, anorexia. This way orthorexia can be translated into ‘correct appetite’. Unfortunately, even if it sounds ok, taking care of the what, the how and the when factors of eating can be healthy only within certain limits.

I imagine it can be really tricky establishing those limits. We all want to be healthy and to make the right choices for our body. But how do we know when it is the right moment to stop? Fortunately a group of scientists (L.M. Donini, D. Marsali, M.P. Graziani and a few others) managed to design a questionnaire we can apply to ourselves to check whether we should worry or not. I am going to give you a set of questions from their study:

  1. When eating, do you pay attention to the calories of the food?
  2. When you go in a food shop do you feel confused?
  3. In the last 3 months, did the thought of food worry you?
  4. Are your eating choices conditioned by your worry about your health status?
  5. Is the taste of food more important than the quality when you evaluate food?
  6. Are you willing to spend more money to have healthier food?
  7. Does the thought about food worry you for more than three hours a day?
  8. Do you allow yourself any eating transgressions?
  9. Do you think your mood affects your eating behavior?
  10. Do you think that the conviction to eat only healthy food increases self-esteem?

The subjects were supposed to answer choosing between always, often, sometimes and never. The results revealed that there are many people suffering from this disorder. Probably most of them weren’t even aware of that.

There seems to be another side of this coin. There are many who do not agree with the fact that this is a disease, but rather a phenomenon. They are entitled to this opinion since there are so many Hollywood stars or other celebrities that think this is the best way to take care of yourself. If I were to give you my opinion I would have to repeat what I’ve always said: loosing weight or keeping fit is not only about the diet, it is more about the lifestyle. And I would have to add that everything should be done within some limits that only common sense can establish.

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