2. Feelings of Control and Superiority
Many people with eating disorders report they use caloric restriction or purging as a way to take back control otherwise not felt in other areas of life. Orthorexia, or health food addiction, is no different. Those that engage in extreme dieting feel a sense of control through their abstinence.
In our culture, clean eating, seems to be held in high regard and those that are able to engage in it are morally superior than those that succumb to our fast food culture. The ability to choose the “path of nutritional enlightenment” tends to give us permission to judge and ridicule other “unclean” ways of eating.