When Healthy Eating Becomes Dangerous
Experts say fad diets can lead to orthorexia, a disorder that can cause physical and emotional distress.By Madison Burke | December 26, 2014
There's the Paleo diet, the Mediterranean diet, the Atkins diet, vegan diets, gluten-free diets... You get the picture. There are a lot of diets out there. Our culture is obsessed with the latest health fad, but there's apparently a new term for that obsession.
And researchers say it's a disorder — orthorexia — defined as an obsession with healthy eating.
Medical professionals say orthorexia often starts off with an attempt to eat healthfully and then escalates into a compulsion. Fad diets that include the elimination of specific foods are often seen as instigators to the disorder.