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Symptoms and effects of orthorexia

We experience an obsession with healthy eating and maintaining 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

  1. habitual checking of nutritional labels and ingredient lists
  2. increasing concern about the healthiness of ingredients
  3. giving up an increasing number of food products
  4. inability to eat anything but a narrow group of “accepted” food products
  5. excessive interest in the healthiness of what others are eating
  6. experiencing serious distress when “safe” or “healthy” foods aren’t available



We provide the very best care and comfort. Our fees are typically between CHF 80,000 – CHF 120,000 per week, depending on the requirements of the individual client. Fees are settled directly by the client (we do not work with insurance companies) and we can supply written quotations upon request.

The Kusnacht Practice services are not covered by Swiss health insurances. All costs are to be covered directly by the clients. Patients who are domiciled in Switzerland and are therefore mandatorily health insured may be reimbursed by their health insurance for medical services in accordance with the Federal Law on Health Insurance (KVG) and its implementing provisions.

recovery from orthorexia

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.”

Your contact for any help

Eduardo Greghi
+41 43 499 60 50

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