Do You Have Orthorexia, the Obsession of Being Healthy?



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In this video, Dr. Berg talks about a disease called Orthorexia or the obsession of being healthy.
• Fixation: Do you have a fixation on the quality of food you eat? (Limits foods to organic, whole, raw, farm fresh)
• Anything bad will be avoided: Do you have a concept that anything bad you put in the body should be avoided?
• Cutting out entire food groups (processed foods, sugar, gluten)
• Loss of Weight
• Increase concern with avoiding GMO foods

Risk Factors:
• Malnutrition
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Rare Cases – Death

Hey guys! Today we’re gonna talk about a very serious disease that was just invented, it’s called Orthorexia. I’m just gonna go down the list to see if you may have this disease, you may have it. Number 1, do you have a fixation or a focus over the quality of food that you put in your body? Do you limit foods to organic, whole raw food, farm fresh? If you do, go ahead and comment below let me know. Next one, do you have the concept that anything bad you put in your body should be avoided? yea, you might have this. Next one, are you cutting out entire food groups like processed foods, sugar and gluten? Now guys, you might think I’m actually just joking around but I am totally not making this up. There’s actually people out there that are going with this and believing this crap. Okay, next one, are you losing weight because you’re cutting out the food groups? Last one, do you have an increase concern with avoiding GMO foods? Now, I think this whole thing was totally created by having the food manufacturing companies get in a room and come up with some new strategy to people to eat their food, I really do, it’s just ridiculous. So here’s the risk factors, malnutrition, now i’m trying to figure out how can you be malnourished if you’re eating quality foods, you’re avoiding the bad foods, just doesn’t make sense to me. Depressed, I don’t think so, anxiety, rare cases death, really? you’re gonna die by eating health foods and avoiding bad foods? that makes a lot of sense. So now what is their solution? well the cure is psychotherapy and drugs will cure you of this very dangerous disease. Guys, put your comments below and tell me what you think about this. I’m really curious.

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32 Responses

  1. nicole auguste says:

    I just want to point out in this sea of bashing, that othorexia is a thing. One thing this list misses out on is the obsessiveness and self loathing that comes with it. It's pretty much a branch off of anorexia, where not only does eating in general cause intense fear, but the individual feels intense guilt, shame and self hatred when they don't adhere to a very specific diet. Could be something like eating any carbs at all; eating more than three times a day; not eating a certain number of nuts; not adhering to a very specific meal plan, or eating at very specific times during the day regardless of how your schedule changes. Some people get so strict that their 'safe foods' go down to as little as ten foods, if that. I've heard of vegetables only being a thing because everything else seems impure.

    It's a really unhappy way to live 🙁

  2. Julie Villia says:

    Lol

  3. TX2200000 says:

    I’m in the metabolic state of Ketosis. I’m in the psychological state of Orthorexia. Ketosis Orthorexia is a healthy lifestyle.

  4. Jeremy Zawodny says:

    Was this supposed to be posted on April 1st? 🙂

  5. Iron Master says:

    You shouldn't need medication for orthorexia. Orthorexia is good to have.

  6. TLH Photography says:

    It's possible. The danger comes in when it's coupled with other maladaptive eating practices.

  7. Therence Ann Apares says:

    I'll hold my hands up, I'll take that title orthorexic… Based on my clinical chemistry lab results, totally healthy lab results to me… Why on earth do I need to seek a cure for? Still discipline is the best policy…

  8. Connor Coulson says:

    I found the questions to diagnose this "disorder" laughably illogical and vague. I do think some people can take clean eating to an extreme, especially when they have the wrong information. You see this all the time with vegans and vegetarians for example, they end up with vitamin deficiencies if they don't do it right. Some people can have a pathological fixation with sticking to a diet to the point that it makes them miserable. So I say there's some truth to orthorexia, but the official definition and criteria missed the mark.

  9. David Ridlon says:

    Just became obsessed with ridding that number from my screen so I made comment #667, Lol! Some people are sure obsessed with the success of others. What's that all about?

  10. onemoredaytowait says:

    What kind of doctor you are again??!!

  11. L Robinson says:

    haha, guilty.

  12. Jewel Dandie says:

    Seriously?

  13. Doonwati Singh says:

    That's nonsense! If you're eating healthy, you'll not get sick, or die from "eating healthy"; if you eat junk food, you'd get sick, and could die earlier.

  14. Iara Schrott says:

    HAHAHAHA orthorexia all the way

  15. Stargate Max says:

    What I think about this? Here it is: LMAO! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! 😀 I literally laughed to this. The food companies with those (mental) health "experts" are a huge absurd!

  16. Sharad Yedalwar says:

    WOW ! And there is an association called N E * A exists who claims that !! I would guess people in the Org might have Psychorexia :-)).. LMFAO !!! Thanks Dr. Berg, you've been doing great, dont loose the grip ever !

  17. Daniel M says:

    I call it common sense and having discipline, unlike many other Western whales.

  18. armancz says:

    Psychiatrists need some punchintheface-xia in their diet. They are nothing more than a bunch of scammers, its unbeliavable how they are still called doctors and have anything to do with medicine cause they clearly not.

  19. Scott Call says:

    I also have ODS: Oreo Deficiency Syndrome. LOL.

  20. Helen Mooney says:

    Yes I do and proud of it!!

  21. Bonnie Mackey says:

    Step 1, admitting you have a problem. Hi I’m Bonnie and I’m an orthorexic. Can’t stop eating my meat and veggies and butter. Organic veggies that is. And grass fed beef and kerrigold butter. I need to find a therapist and drugs now. Any suggestions Dr Berg?

  22. Samantha Smith says:

    Oh no…..32 pounds down I might be developing this disease . Thank you Dr Eric Berg !!!

  23. Sunny Island says:

    There is no such thing as Healthy Food Eating "disease" or "disorder".

  24. Lorn says:

    Omg Doc. I have this disease. What pill can I take to cure this?

  25. Izerina van der linden says:

    thank you for this video. Sometimes friends says, I am a orthorexic. Because I do'nt eat their cookies and (junk)food. Now I am sure,I am not.

  26. Sadiq Hussain says:

    Can Keto and IF cure Orthorexia Dr Berg?? :):).

  27. Marcia Malloy says:

    Dr Berg, I get your sense of humor on this and I agree with your eating plan 100%. However, this disease is about people struggling with IBS or SIBO who have limited their diet to about 3 foods such as chicken, zucchini and rice in an attempt to reduce their symptoms of bloating, diarrhea etc. They are afraid to eat any FODMAPS at all. Limiting the diet starts out as a way to reduce symptoms but is not a fix of the root cause of their condition. I'm not a Dr but I assume this limited diet can cause malnutrition after a period of time. I know 'cause I've been there.

  28. Melissa Pires says:

    love dr. berg´s sense of humor

  29. ThumperOne says:

    "Orthorexia nervosa" is not recognized as an eating disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and so is not mentioned as an official diagnosis in the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).[a] BUT: Orthorexia nervosa (also known as orthorexia) is a proposed eating disorder characterized by an excessive preoccupation with eating healthy food — I thought the doc was kidding at first. Wowza. LOL

  30. Vesna Tkalec says:

    My psychiatrist accused me of orthorexia. I laughed, left the room and never went back xD

  31. Palina Koschka says:

    Yeah, I do. And it saved me from depression, pmdd and body dysphoria. all my damned cells are badly in love with my so called issue and I couldn't be happier. orthorexia is bae. praise orthorexia, the best thing I did to myself.

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