Orthorexia Nervosa is a term first proposed by North American physician Steven Bratman in 1997 to describe disordered and restrictive eating behaviours which focus on ideals of achieving optimal purity and health. People with Orthorexia Nervosa can experience significant psychological, physical, and social consequences from the disorder. These include anxiety, social isolation, malnourishment, escalating food sensitivities and reactions, and a belief in the catastrophic consequences attached to the consumption of foods perceived as unhealthy.
Research suggests that the progression from having an interest and commitment to healthy eating into the life and health impacting Orthorexia Nervosa, is likely due to a complex interplay of factors. These include personality & temperament (e.g. perfectionistic tendencies), genetics, life events (e.g. trauma), socioeconomic background and stability of current life.
Regaining physical and mental health, and a positive relationship with food IS possible. Make an appointment with Judith today to discuss the individualised treatment approach for anyone who identifies as having Orthorexia Nervosa.