There is a new eating disorder in town, and it is one that might not seem like an eating disorder at first. The disorder has been labeled "Orthorexia Nervosa" and is a relative of anorexia and bulimia. This disorder is associated with an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy. Oh, eating healthy? So it can't be that bad. Well, at first the obsession with eating healthy might not be detrimental to one's health. However, the disorder can start to take control over an individual and will lead to undesired weight loss, nutrition loss, social anxiety and isolation, and several other health consequences. How does it do that? The individual that develops orthorexia will begin to doubt the purity and quality of food products. This will eventually lead to limited eating, picky eating, and will lead to making poor food choices.
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