Not familiar with orthorexia nervosa? Well, perhaps the symptoms will remind you of someone you know:
“Over time, what to eat, how much, and the consequences of dietary indiscretion come to occupy a greater and greater proportion of the orthorexic’s day. Even if physical and emotional health begin to falter, the sufferer continues a harsh dietary regime.”
E magazine rounds up some of the facts and speculation about the eating disorder, if that is, in fact, what it is. There are definitely skeptics.
“Kelly Brownell, PhD, codirector of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders told the website WebMD, ‘We’ve never had anybody come to our clinic with [orthorexia], and I’ve been working in this field for at least 20 years.’”