-unhealthy obsession with healthy food
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Orthorexia begins innocently as a reasonable attempt to live a healthier life. However, healthy food means something different for everyone. That is why it is so difficult to diagnose and measure the exact scale of this damaging habit. The uniqueness of this disorder lies in the fact that it contains an aspirational, idealistic or spiritual component that strongly takes root in the way of thinking. Healthy eating can fill the void in the human soul that longs for love and spiritual experience, but it can also lead one astray.
Symptoms and effects of orthorexia
We experience an obsession with healthy eating and having a slim figure on the one hand, and on the other hand, the tendency to pathologise an increasing number of human behaviours. For this reason, a number of symptoms associated with orthorexia are easily underestimated or overlooked. Most often it is only a psychological issue in which food problems become so powerful that other aspects of life suffer neglect. In rare cases, however, orthorexia can lead to serious consequences and even death through malnutrition.
The most common symptoms of orthorexia
- habitual checking of nutritional labels and ingredient lists
- increasing concern about the healthiness of ingredients
- giving up an increasing number of food products
- inability to eat anything but a narrow group of “accepted” food products
- excessive interest in the healthiness of what others are eating
- experiencing serious distress when “safe” or “healthy” foods aren’t available
Unlike the efforts of anorexics to constantly reduce body weight, the people suffering from orthorexia are forced to attain higher and higher levels of dietary perfection – to feel completely clean, pure and transparent. At The Kusnacht Practice, we look beyond the physical symptoms to find the right responses to your psychical and spiritual needs. Detailed laboratory and environmental analyses allow us to present a unique treatment plan, medical restoration and relaxation therapy in luxury surroundings that fit your personal needs.
Joanna, aged 34
“For some it was a shock that you could be addicted to healthy food. But orthorexia was a very real threat to me, which I eventually managed to avoid. I would have never done it alone, the help of specialists from The Kusnach Practice was invaluable.”
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