From simply trying to eat healthy, persons with orthorexia become preoccupied with finding only
the healthiest foods. They may avoid social situations and family events because they are worried that they will be pressured to eat “forbidden” foods. Their sense of self-esteem may be related to their ability to follow the food rules, and they may experience anxiety and shame if they are not able to.
- Do you spend most of your free time thinking about food rules?
- Have you had to avoid meals with friends and family because of your food rules?
- Are other people commenting about your food rules?
© 2017 Kathleen Searles, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN