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When Healthy Eating Turns Unhealthy

Two plates are side by side, one with a couple of peas, the other broken into pieces.

Orthorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an ongoing preoccupation with the “quality” of food, resulting in severely restricted diets and a strong need to maintain the “perfect” diet. The term was first coined in 1996 by the doctor Steven Bratman. Unlike anorexia nervosa, restriction is not a motivational factor, but a consequence of…

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