Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession

Healthy eating is a virtue, but one must avoid that leads to an obsession called orthorexia.

Orthorexia sufferers have the obsession of choosing their foods based on their nutritional qualities rather than their taste, says nutritionist Marilyn Giguère.

“Two people can have the same plate. One is orthorexic, the other not. The orthorectic person calculated the nutrients that were going to be on the plate. Everything is calculated. She does not necessarily want to eat that, but that’s what she’s going to eat while the other side eats because that’s what she wants to eat, “says Marilyn Giguère.

In the media and literature, the virtues of certain foods are praised and others are forbidden. The orthorectic person tends to take everything literally.

“I think yes, the media have a lot to do with joining several diets. We classify a lot, we categorize these foods into “good” or “bad”. It does not help either. A food is not good or bad for health. We have to remove this vocabulary, change that vocabulary to diminish a little excessive control, “says Mrs. Giguère.

Orthorexia can trigger other eating disorders, according to Julie Leduc, psychologist and author of The Anorexia in Women: Getting There .

“If it is something that takes up more and more room, the person can develop other health problems, including anorexia which is that by dint of wanting to eat” perfectly “, the person who was at Healthy start becomes ill, “says Julie Leduc.

Eating instinctively instead of dieting

Marilyne Giguère and Julie Leduc advise against dieting. Ms. Leduc believes that this is not a natural and instinctive way to approach food.

“A diet is not someone who listens to its needs, it is something that comes from outside the person, which is written on paper. We’ll follow that. If you follow a diet X to the letter, there is a loss of weight. But sometimes, there is a resumption of this weight because the person does not come from her, it comes from outside her, “explains Julie Leduc.

Marilyne Giguère and Julie Leduc add that food must not cause anxiety. If a type of food is a cause of anxiety, you must gradually reintegrate it into your diet to make it natural.

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About the Author: Karen Green

Karen grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Karen writes articles covering Quebec