How Are Orthorexia Patients, Socially And Medically, Different From Anorexia Patients?

Interesting Question….And
janurse427 – 12/06/2009 – 14:42

Interesting question….and complex.
Othorexia involves a kind of ‘spiritual’ and ‘pure’ component pertaining to food and eating. The main differences are that those who abide by the othorexia standards are more boastful about their eating choices and are more focused about the ‘quality’ of food than the ‘quantity’ of food. However, both othorexia and anorexia result in malnutrition, greatly decreased social interactions/relationships, and there are a high number of instances of obsessive/compulsive disorder seen among this population. For those with othorexia, they may equate their food choices with holiness, purity, complete safety and control, and a kind of spirituality in the kitchen. Othorexia is also much more prevelant among males. While there are differences, treatment and recovery from othorexia can be similar to other eating disorders, but it does pose some special challenges for professionals. For more information, you may want to check out the book,
“Othorexia Nervosa: Overcoming the Obsession with Healthful Eating-Health Food Junkies by Steven Bratman, M.D.

http://freefromexpectations.blogspot.com/

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

The information provided on EatingDisorders.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes and we encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician if they believe that they have an eating disorder. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of EatingDisorders.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Copyright © 2008-2017 EatingDisorders.com.
Company Information

© 2017 EatingDisorders.com. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of EatingDisorders.com's terms of service and privacy policy. The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.