The term Orthorexia translates as “fixation on righteous eating”. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics defines Orthorexia as an unhealthy fixation on eating healthy or “pure” foods.
This disorder is typically characterized by an extreme preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be harmful or unwholesome. Orthorexia begins as an attempt to eat more healthfully, but leads to consuming obsession of achieving perfection in “healthy eating” habits.
This disorder can progress to the daily impairment of one’s emotional and physical well-being.