Obsession healthy eating
When Healthy Eating Evolves a Health-Destructive Obsession
Some people may spot the initial behavioral changes that indicate they have an eating disorder. Others might never set the record straight about it. Afterward, there is a heck of a lot of in-between. In this article, I will talk about orthorexia: obsession with proper or “healthy” eating.
You can mistake your compulsive behavior for healthy eating for a very long time. Although you may believe you are in the best possible health, you may turn out to be quite the opposite—lacking a balanced, enjoyable, and self-fulfilling existence.
You may begin to avoid cozy lunches with friends and may continue to measure your self-esteem by how clean and pure the food you think you are eating is. It may take a long time to recognize the line between healthy eating and an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.
That is what happens when your good intentions become an obsession.
Orthorexia can coexist with other disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anorexia athletic, or other conditions.
Even though it is an “unofficial” eating disorder that is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Orthorexia is a recognized condition that may be treated.
What is Orthorexia?
You could get inspiration from the social media influencers you follow who project an image of being a guiding light of wellness. “I’d want to be as healthy as them,” you could be thinking. But ponder the following:
Are they truly that healthy underneath the exterior?
Is obsessing about extremely healthy eating, which involves strict dietary regulations, stress, anxiety, and most likely starvation, a good and fulfilling way to live?
When someone’s enthusiasm for healthy eating has carried too far, having more of a good thing is not necessarily better. A relatively recent health problem called orthorexia nervosa refers to an intense obsession with good eating that can turn unhealthy.
Orthorexia can cause severe mental agony, as well as physical suffering. it involves strict exclusion of random definitions of “unhealthy” food products and having to eat only from a list of approved foods that is dependent on each person’s variation.
Why Do People Get Fixated on “Clean Eating”?
Here are just a few of the many factors that may push someone toward “clean eating,” which may eventually lead to orthorexia Nervosa:
- to appear better or reduce weight;
- to be healthy and prevent sickness;
- to avoid certain meals because of known or suspected allergies
- irrational worry about the source of food or potential chemicals in
Cutting off whole food categories like sugar, fats, carbs, and dairy is encouraged in today’s culture.
For decades, we’ve assigned foods unclear labels like “good” and “bad,” which are either meaningless or even dangerous. To indulge in delicacies like pizza, chocolate, or other treats that are listed on the “bad” list, people must set aside “cheat” days.
To the casual observer, many people with orthorexia Nervosa are easily recognizable as “health aware” or “healthy.” They could receive compliments for their restraint or discipline.
As a result, many people who may be experiencing hunger, mental health issues, or crippling rigidity believe that their way of life is “normal” or “idealistic.” Therefore, how can we distinguish those who suffer from orthorexia Nervosa from those who lead balanced lives?
What Are the Symptoms of Orthorexia?
If you have orthorexia, you could discover that you spend a lot of time thinking about whether the food you’re eating is “healthy” or “clean,” neglecting other aspects of your life.
You may have begun eliminating certain meals over time because you believe they are destructive. If you struggle with disordered eating habits, you may experience some of the following orthorexia symptoms:
- Obsession with eliminating meals that include pesticides, animal products, fats, sugars, and salt;
Food obsession and the emergence of health issues including asthma, allergies, and digestive issues are both linked to poor health outcomes;
Obsession with taking vitamins and supplements;
A tough restriction on dietary groups that might limit consumption to fewer than 10 items overall;
A longer time spent thinking about what to eat;
Obsessive meal preparation;
- Irrational worry over kitchen sanitation and meal preparation methods;
- Avoiding eating anything made or given by others;
- Extreme regret or embarrassment after ingesting bad meals;
- Feelings of strength and joy from eating solely nutritious meals;
- Not permitting yourself to be near different sorts of food or rejecting to eat out;
- Distancing yourself from everyone else due to their different opinions;
Extreme anxiety over the preparation of food;
Avoiding social gatherings involving food out of concern that you won’t be able to follow your diet;
Having negative thoughts toward those who don’t stick to rigid diets;
Significant time and financial investment in selecting meals and foods;
When following dietary guidelines is challenging, you may experience guilt or shame;
Feeling content after eating “healthy,” yet getting bored in activities you enjoyed before.
Why Does Orthorexia Occur?
Although you might start a diet to just be healthier, this focus might shift. Orthorexia might eventually arise from positive motives and a desire to promote your health through eating choices. Even though the actual cause of orthorexia is unknown, various variables appear to contribute to its emergence.
In contrast to deviating from the planned diet, which causes shame and self-punishment as though for sin, eating the appropriate foods becomes the leading source of self-confidence and promotes a sense of morality.
Even family members and friends who consume “bad” meals start to seem as inadequate and dirty. With a mentally healthy condition, people employ a range of coping strategies to deal with their everyday concerns and worries, but in orthorexia, food often serves as the primary form of coping.
Who Can Have Orthorexia?
Orthorexia may happen to anybody.
However, some of them are more vulnerable:
- those who have obsessive-compulsive tendencies;
- those who suffer from anxiety;
- those who are addicted to workout;
- those who have negative body image and perception of disease vulnerability;
- those who worry about losing control;
- those who want to be skinnier;
- those who have previous eating disorders;
- those who had a health-related event that occurs to provoke greater passion for health.
The influence of western concepts of beauty and health seems to promote excessive food limitation and lead to an irrational exuberance of physical looks and health.
Social media may have a magnifying effect on this Beyond the body
Although the core of orthorexia is an obsession with optimizing physical health, physical health is also affected negatively. Orthorexia is not only a problem for psychological health.
An unbalanced supply of vitamins, minerals, and macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats), in addition to inadequate caloric intake (deficient calories to support appropriate human functioning), may emerge from leaving out specific food groups or types from the diet.
This may result in insufficient dietary intake, malnutrition, and nutritional deficiencies.
How to Cure Orthorexia?
Orthorexia-specific recovery procedures are not yet defined, and describing them would go outside the purview of both this site and my area of expertise.
Seek expert assistance if you are experiencing the signs and consequences of orthorexia. You may find a reputable psychologist and nutritionist with knowledge of eating disorders, too.
Orthorexia will continue to be present in the background. Therefore recovery for individuals who self-diagnose was seen as a continuous learning process of symptom management.
You can learn how to uncover the underlying causes of your eating disorders and develop a diet that is in keeping with your beliefs by working with a nutritionist and psychotherapist who specialize in eating disorders.
Even if social media may have contributed to the start of orthorexia, people who have self-diagnosed the condition see it as a strong tool for recovery, giving it a dual function in the disease.
Engaging with online groups that promote intuitive eating and body positivity, which by default contradicts the concept that certain foods are good or bad or healthy or ill, seems to be highly beneficial.
Your ambitions don’t care about “perfection”, and neither do your health problems.
A diet that encourages overall happiness and well-being is possibly the “ideal diet.”
It might be time to ask yourself if it’s all worth it if you feel like you’re getting consumed or fixated with “healthy” eating, and it’s harming your social life, stressing you out over where and what you should eat, or even costing you money.
Your health will suffer if you get obsessed with an unrealistic and false idea of “the ideal diet.”
Orthorexia Nervosa is a pretty new health problem that matches eating disorders in many ways, including its damaging consequences. It describes a significant concern with pure food and healthy eating, which can lead to social isolation, undernutrition, ill health, and extreme psychological pain.
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