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

others?



  • 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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