Orthorexia – a proposed distinct eating disorder characterized by extreme or excessive preoccupation / obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.
The term is derived utilizing the Greek “orthos,” which means “right,” or “correct,” and is intended as a parallel with anorexia. It literally means “fixation on righteous eating.”
Even though it is not currently recognized as a clinical diagnosis, I have come across several people who fit the profile. I would like to bring awareness to it, because anything which interferes with your happiness, is not worth it. Yes, I strongly believe we should strive to eat as healthily as we can, but not obsess over it. Once it becomes an obsession, I believe it stops being healthy. Taking a holistic perspective: sure, your body is well nourished, but how about your mind? Are you happy and at peace or are you stressed about food?
Personally, I’m all for equilibrium!
I hope this post is useful for someone.