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Dietitians see 'healthy-eating' disorder

August 21, 2009 4:50:33 PM PDT
While the disorder anorexia may be common knowledge, orthorexia is lesser known.Eating disorder experts say orthorexia is an obsession for eating health food, and it's a serious, psychological condition.

One dietitian says she's seeing more and more orthorexics in her practice.

"People who have such an obsession or fixation for eating healthy, that they won't touch certain foods, like sugar, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, soy, corn or dairy," she said.

Other excluded foods are ones with additives or food that could come into contact with herbicides.

Orthorexics' rigid eating patterns can lead to malnutrition and social isolation.

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