Normally when one thinks of someone who has a problem with their diet, they think of someone eating unhealthily, not eating enough, or eating too much. But what about when someone is obsessed with healthy eating?

In 1996, Dr. Steven Bratman created the term Orthorexia Nervosa. Currently the National Eating Disorder Association does not consider Orthorexia Nervosa as an official eating disorder, but it does come with its own problems. Dr. Bratman used the term to help patients of his who where causing themselves more harm that good with their obsession with healthy eating.

At a glance

One might wonder how on earth eating healthy could be a problem.

These days it seems as if everyone is striving to be a better version of themselves. Some are even going as far as to drink cockroach milk as a protein drink. There are numerous debates as to what type of diet is best for humans to consume. There are many different diets out there that focus on eliminating different types of foods, such as artificial sweeteners, processed foods, meat or animal products. Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about the Paleo diet, which focuses on eating what our ancestors did before there were processed foods.

Where the problem arises

While it is important to nourish our bodies with healthy foods, obsessing over it can cause a set of its own issues. It becomes problematic when the person affected by it reaches a level where they are becoming so restrictive with their diet that what they are eating is not giving them what their body needs.

There are also potential social problems that come with the obsession. The person can become socially isolated because they spend all of their time planning their diet. It can put a strain relationships and slowly start to replace other interest and activities.


As a society, we tend to focus too much on trying to be perfect.

But the reality is that no one is perfect. We should make sure that we are taking care of our bodies, but at the same time it shouldn't be taking up so much time away from our lives that we can't focus on anything else.

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