We all know that eating healthy and exercising should be top priorities in our busy schedules, but did you know that one of them could be considered a mental disorder? We’re talking about Orthorexia nervosa here.
A term that has not officially made it into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, otherwise known as the DSM, Orthorexia has been classified as an obsession with eating only “clean” or “healthy” foods.
In addition to eating healthy, those suffering from Orthorexia refuse to eat “corporate food containing known cancer toxic additives” and products coming from companies where “profits over people” exist, according to Global Research.
Ashley Bailey’s story started out like many: she was tired, sluggish and depressed. After much research, she realized that her diet could be contributing to her symptoms. She immediately removed milk and cheese from her repertoire and noticed a difference right away.
However, similar to many addicts chasing that on-top-of-the-world-feeling, she didn’t stop there. CNN reports that she went a step further by researching how to detox her body and even removed gluten, grains, meat, starchy veggies and fruits high in sugar from her diet.
At this point, you’re probably wondering what exactly did she eat, and the answer is: not much. At 28, she whittled away to a mere 92 pounds thanks to her obsessive behavior.
Ashley no longer enjoyed going out to restaurants because she was too focused on how her food was cooked, if the ingredients were officially “clean,” and where everything was sourced, just to name a few. She knew that she had a problem and immediately sought professional help.
Since the term has not been officially accepted into the DSM, treatment options are limited. On top of that, I’m sure the proposed treatment plans will eventually include using pharmaceuticals that turn people into lifeless zombies. I can’t imagine someone obsessed with eating pure and clean is really going to go for chemicals to fix the situation so hopefully they can come out with a better solution if they do decide to make it official, which it seems like they may have to.
As a proponent of eating clean and healthy as often as possible, I’m not telling you to stop what you’re doing and head for the nearest fast food joint. Eating healthy should still be a top priority, but it should not interfere with your day-to-day activities.
According to CNN, if you find yourself dealing with any of the following, then you may need to seek out professional care:
If you can’t relate, then continue on your healthy journey and be careful not to obsess over things once you start seeing the amazing results and positive changes in yourself.
As with everything, balance and moderation are key and your healthy path should not change overnight or drastically.