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orthorexia is called, affecting 28% of the population of Western countries.
consists of a comprehensive and strict control of components food.
is a progressive silent disease that leads to social isolation.
Orthorexia is a” kind of obsessive, “which takes to extremes the idea of healthy eating that is a comprehensive control and increasingly strict food components. According to World Health Organization (WHO) affects orthorexia 28 percent of the population of Western countries and could be on the increase. Although the consequences of orthorexia depend on its severity, according to Ruben Bravo, a nutritionist and naturopath of the Medical Institute European of Obesity (IMEO), one of its features is that it is a disease, “progressive and silent, which makes the daily life of the subject is increasingly limited. So orthorexia can begin to limit much food , avoiding the consumption of red meat, eggs, sugar, dairy and fats, can impede the subject eating out and to bring him to spend 3 or more hours a day to organize your diet.
Normally, explains nutritionist IMEO, orthorexia leads to “social isolation” , since the individual “overwhelmed” if you have to attend a meal with friends or a business meal, so it tends to limit his company “to a small social circle of people who feel the same way.”
According to this expert, “these people think they are superior to those that do not follow this way of life”, so their approach is very “complex” because they often present a “false self” based on this idea of superiority and full conviction that his life is “better” than the rest. Regard to their psychological, Bravo says they are people who are “more concerned about the quality of food for the pleasure of eating. ”Therefore, spend much of their time (3 or more hours a day) to organize the diet and planned well in advance, move long distances to get special food or purely ecological, weighed, analyze its components and leave their daily activities to carry out its pathological way of life.
A patient who had chewed many times
Sat “I attended For a patient who controlled the time chewing each morsel of food 28 times because I had read in a magazine that was healthy, “says naturopath Medical Institute European of Obesity. All these rituals have a number of health consequences. In the psychological realm Bravo explains that often have “high levels of dopamine and low serotonin levels. This makes them an excess of euphoria combined with high anxiety levels.” And in the physical aspect of health may occur showing an excess or deficiency of vitamins . Also, many of these patients show deficits in their body mass, hypertension and cardiovascular problems. Orthorexia affects mainly women and adolescents . It also has an impact on the population group of athletes, especially in people who practice bodybuilding.