Being healthy and striving to keep things that way is not a joke, and is definitely not easy. Staying fit requires a lot of self-discipline, self-control, and sacrifice. You have to stick to a strict diet, resist tempting desserts or fatty foods, and seriously follow an exercise routine.
Some people find it much easier to exercise than to maintain a strict, well-balanced diet. This is not surprising, especially that physical exercises come in many forms. Some of your hobbies can even be considered as exercise such as playing basketball, cycling, dancing, and the list goes on.
It’s no wonder that some would find following a strict diet more challenging than exercising.
On the other hand, there are people who have no problem maintaining healthy eating habits. Gluten-free, low carb and low fat are just some of the words used to describe their diets.
While most people would naturally want to stay healthy by eating right every day, obsessing on healthy eating is not healthy.
The newest eating disorder called “Orthorexia Nervosa” is a condition where a person becomes an obsessive food purist that they try hard to maintain eating healthy foods and nothing else. They become fixated on the idea of staying healthy by eating healthy that they limit themselves to eating only healthy foods in small portions for fear of eating too much. This eating disorder often leads to the person affected being malnourished because of the lack of the nutrients their body needs due to the restrictions they put upon their own diet.
The term “Orthorexia Nervosa” was coined by Dr. Steven Bratman in around 1996. Even though Orthorexia Nervosa is commonly regarded as an eating disorder, it has not yet been officially declared as such.
Still, although Orthorexia Nervosa has not been declared as an eating disorder, there are ways to get help for people suffering from it. Counseling from eating disorder experts and full support from family members are crucial in helping people with Orthorexia Nervosa recover.
People dealing with Orthorexia Nervosa are living proof that too much of anything will not result in something positive. Even if your intent is good, just as with an orthorexic who just wants to live a healthier life, you can still get sick if you don’t treat everything in moderation.
It won’t hurt to have cheat days every now and then. Don’t starve or deprive yourself because of fear of being unhealthy.