Sunday 22 October 2017

Do you have orthorexia nervosa?

Tanya Sweeney

Do you spend more than three hours a day thinking about healthy food? Do you plan tomorrow's food today? Do you care

more about the virtue of what you eat than the pleasure you receive from

eating it?

  • Have you

found that as the quality of your diet has increased, the quality of

your life has correspondingly diminished?

  • Do you keep getting stricter

with yourself?

  • Do you sacrifice experiences you once enjoyed in order to eat the food you

believe is right?

  • Do you feel an increased sense of self-esteem

when you are eating healthy food? l Do you look down on others who do not?

  • Do you feel

guilt or self-loathing when you

stray from

your diet?

  • Does your diet socially isolate

you from


  • When you are eating the way you are supposed to,

do you feel a peaceful

sense of total control?If you answered yes to two or three questions, Dr Bratman says you may have orthorexia nervosa or health-food obsession. If you have a score of four or more, you may be struggling with a healthy-eating disorder.

This quiz is from Health Food Junkies: Orthorexia Nervosa: Overcoming the Obsession with Healthful Eating, Steven Bratman and David Knight, published by Broadway

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