Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘orthorexia’

Orthorexia – the accepted new age eating disorder

Strict adherence to a healthy diet, scrupulously avoiding ‘unhealthy foods’, exercising religiously, and stocking up on ‘superfoods’. To most of us, the above reads like a shopping list of healthy living. But to some, obsessive habits like these may be symptomatic of an all-encompassing eating disorder. For Naomi Arnold, what started out as a well-intentioned health kick morphed into a fixation on “obsessive ‘clean’ eating and rigorous exercise.” Arnold had […]

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Orthorexia – from the health professional’s perspective

Though it is not clinically recognised alongside other more ‘traditional’ eating disorders, orthorexia describes the compulsion to eat ‘clean,’ or healthy food, and painstakingly avoid foods seen as unhealthy. Often this stems from good intentions, with sufferers taking on lifestyle changes to better their health, yet orthorexia can result in a severe and socially restrictive fixation on following a rigidly ‘healthy’ diet. Whether it’s due to the rise of social […]

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2014 – a year in review

One word: Paleo. If 2013 was the ‘International Year of Quinoa’ (and according to the United Nations, it was), surely this year was the year of the caveman. A primal way of eating has been on the rise for the past few years, and, having clocked in as the top-searched diet on Google this year, it seems the Paleo diet is here to stay. And is there really anything so […]

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