Clean eating and a healthier lifestyle can have incredible benefits on a person’s life, health and wellbeing. But the line between “health” and obsessive tendencies that can blur into an eating disorder can be very thin for at-risk populations.
“In a society that is obsessed with image, diet and food, eating “too clean” can create its own problems. At The Dorm we treat many young people who suffer from orthorexia, defined by the National Eating Disorders Associations (NEDA) as an fixation on “healthy eating” that has negative impacts on wellbeing. While diet and rigid food rules are often disguised under the umbrella of “wellness”, so many people remain prisoners of their obsessions and rules around food. If this sounds familiar, know you are not alone.”– Dr. Amanda Fialk, LCSW, LICSW