22 Aug '12, 6pm

When Does Eating Healthy Become Unhealthy?

By Michelle Hamilton Filling your grocery cart with organic vegetables and whole grains is a smart way to personally combat the nation’s obesity epidemic . Yet for some people, a dedication to eating “right” can cross a line into a disorder called orthorexia. Alternative medicine physician Steven Bratman, M.D., himself an orthorexia sufferer, coined the term in 1997 to refer to an extreme fixation on health food. Unlike anorexia, an eating disorder characterized by consuming too few calories, orthorexia is a preoccupation with the quality of food, rather than the quantity, and the condition can have severe mental and physical repercussions. The disorder often begins with a real desire to improve health, says Maria Rago, Ph.D., vice president of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). People stop eating white flour or processed foods, a...

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