Orthorexia is characterized by an obsession with following a “healthy diet”. Individuals believe they are engaging in the best approach for their body by eating “healthily”, however, the accompanied behaviors often lead to something more severe. Sufferers are fixated with maintaining the “perfect diet” rather than focused on body weight. An individual with orthorexia exhibits signs and symptoms like those of anxiety disorders along with anorexia and/or bulimia behaviors.
Similar to anorexia, orthorexia is characterized by restricting food intake and poor variety of foods eaten, creating malnutrition. Therefore, both disorders have similar health issues.
Coexisting disorders may be present in a diagnosis of Orthorexia. Insure a complete evaluation for the eating disorder, comorbid disorders may occur.
Psychiatric conditions commonly co-occurring with bulimia may be combined with:
Although these are typical symptoms, please note not all must be present to exhibit the severity of the eating disorder. Orthorexia may be accompanied with other eating disorders, which will determine the increased health risks. Reference the other eating disorders to identify key behaviors.