The Disorder of Orthorexia Term Paper by Nicky

An analysis of the disorder known as orthorexia or "righteous eating".
# 146141 | 881 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2010 in Medical and Health (Eating Disorders) , Psychology (Eating Disorders)

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The paper describes orthorexia as a preoccupation with healthy eating that causes children to experience intense anxiety. The paper discusses how many therapists believe this is merely another form of anorexia, but reveals that there is a strong tendency for such patients to come from homes where aggressively healthy eating is promoted as part of the family culture. The paper explains how such a family can often benefit from taking a more relaxed attitude towards food. The paper concludes the paper with the assertion that even if orthorexia never becomes part of the clinical diagnostic literature, it may be valuable to flag an individual's disproportionate health and food concerns.

From the Paper:

"'Too much of anything is no good,' is a familiar phrase often applied to overeating, meaning that just because something is good does not mean that over-indulgence is pleasurable or beneficial to human health. However, according to some psychologists, even too much of 'healthy eating' or a preoccupation with 'eating healthy' can also be 'no good.' According to Abby Ellin in "What's eating our kids," a February 26, 2009 article published in The New York Times, doctors and therapists find themselves increasingly worried about overly health-conscious children. One doctor recalled the example of an eight-year-old worried about sodium, getting enough vitamins--and getting fat. But unlike the parents of patients with eating preoccupations like anorexia and bulimia, parents of overly health-obsessed children tend to be proud of their child's vigilance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ellin, Abbey. (2009, February 26).What's eating our kids. The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2009 at

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