This psychiatric disorder, which is encountered in industrialized societies where attractiveness is generally accepted to be associated with thinness, threatens mostly young girls. Upset. psi. Ayşe Burcu Durak gave information about ‘orthorexia nervosa’, known as a healthy eating obsession.
Eating behavior disorders are a psychiatric disease that has become very common nowadays and is more common especially in young girls. It is usually seen in middle socioeconomic status, Caucasian and industrialized societies where attractiveness is considered to be associated with thinness. Orthorexia nervosa (ON) is an eating disorder defined as an obsession with healthy eating, and it is an obsession with consuming a natural diet that interferes with a person’s entire life.
Weakness becomes uncontrollable
This behavior disorder, which occurs as a result of obsession with natural and healthy nutrition, causes obsessions up to anxiety in individuals and leads to pathological consequences such as eating behavior disorders in the future. Individuals with orthorexic tendency limit their food choices in order to have a healthy diet, causing weight loss. The weakness that occurs as a limited diet progresses is a result of the progress in this process.
Deteriorations in body structure are seen
In a study evaluating the food preferences of people with orthorexic tendencies, it was determined that they had a higher tendency to eat healthy foods such as consuming vegetables, fruits and whole grain products and they visited places that sell healthy food more often. The obsession with healthy eating can have negative effects on body image in the future. As a result of the restrictions made in order to improve its external appearance; It can pave the way for health problems such as ‘malnutrition’ in which body structure and functions are measurably impaired due to insufficient, unbalanced or excessive intake of energy, protein and other nutrients.
Orthorexic individuals are significantly different from normal individuals;
They are more worried about food,
-They feel guilty when they consume foods they think are unhealthy,
They are willing to pay more to buy healthy food,
It is seen that they are seriously worried that a healthy diet will affect their appearance.
Most common under the age of 25
More than 90 percent of the cases of eating disorders consist of individuals under the age of 25, it is seen 5-20 times more in women than in men, and only 5-10 percent of all cases are men. It is known that sociocultural factors are effective in the development of eating disorders, society’s emphasis on weakness, pressure from family, friends and mass media play an important role in the development of eating disorders.
If you started to get into trouble financially and spiritually…
Identifying obsessive concerns in individuals with orthorexic tendency will be helpful in classifying the disease and establishing diagnostic criteria.
To avoid the obsession with healthy eating;
First of all, stop seeing food as a threat to health.
-Remember that when concerned about healthy eating, malnutrition can lead to a more dangerous situation for the person, resulting in long-term metabolic problems for health with behaviors that turn into more harm than good.
-Most importantly, if this situation has started to cause both financial and mental distress for you, it would be beneficial to see a psychologist. Orthorexia is a behavior that can be evaluated in other eating disorders.