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Obsessiveness about the quality of the food being ingested, ensuring that it is the most healthy, the most organic, etc.
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Some of the foods orthorexics tend to restrict, or completely remove from their diets are dairy, meat, eggs, gluten and grains, good quality fats found in foods like olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, grass-fed beef, grass-fed dairy and pasture-raised eggs.
Recent studies were unable to determine who can fall into the orthorexic trap, but it seems women are a high-risk group, Fox News reported.
While orthorexia may not have a DSM classification, it is widely agreed that orthorexic behaviors can be a gateway to--or a screen to cover up--a full-blown eating disorder like anorexia nervosa.
The more severe this imbalance, he says, the more the orthorexic feels antagonistic toward the environment, becoming hyperaware of external impurities.
It is possible that the orthorexic may have been given the message sometime in the past that they're not good (or pure, or perfect) enough, causing a sense of inadequacy and resentment that worsens their condition.
Orthorexics start small, giving up the usual suspects - fat, caffeine, junk food, but can easily escalate into avoiding major food groups such as dairy and meat.
To that end, orthorexics as chronicled in online blogs and web sites, tend to see their social life suffer because of the near constant fixation on what they will eat and where, making going out for a social meal near impossible.
Dr Yellowlees said, "For orthorexics, a fixation with what they eat becomes an all-consuming lifestyle.
Orthorexics obsess over salt content and E numbers, refuse to eat sugar and fat and their restricted diet can make them undernourished
But so-called orthorexics are obsessed with food quality rather than their body image, often avoiding caffeine, preservatives, salt and sugar in their diet.