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Orthorexia Nervosa: When Healthy Eating Takes Obsessive Proportions


2. How Does Orthorexia Develop?

While a multitude of individuals attempt a diet change to achieve better health without ever becoming othorexic, Sondra Kronberg, spokesperson for the National Eating Disorder Association and director of the Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative, claims that a number of personal and environmental factors can predispose certain people to the condition.

For example, an individual may begin eating cleaner by cutting refined sugar and white carbohydrates (i.e., substituting white bread for whole grain) with very good intentions. However, in individuals predisposed to addiction (or taking things to the extreme), combined with anxiety issues and with lowered self-esteem, clean eating can become obsessive, restrictive, and downright unhealthy over time.

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