National Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Orthorexia
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Juice cleanses. Bone broth. Probiotics. Gluten-free. While the newest health trend may start with good intentions, the relatively new eating disorder known as ‘orthorexia’ involves obsessive behaviors or ‘food rules’ about what is healthy and what is not.
By cutting back on too many food groups or excessively following any of these trends, people can develop orthorexia, which can mirror symptoms of anorexia, such as bone loss, anemia and slow heart rate.
In accordance with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Anna Nguyen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in Eating Disorders at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, visited Good Morning San Diego to discuss what orthorexia is, why we are hearing about it more often, how to tell the difference between healthy eating and disordered eating, warning signs and what it can do to your health.