Eating healthy is a good thing, but it is possible to take a healthy diet too far. When someone goes to extremes to follow a healthy diet, they may have a condition called orthorexia. People with orthorexia can go to such extreme lengths to eat only healthy or “pure” foods that they may begin to avoid eating altogether.

Doctors and experts believe there are some similarities between orthorexia and other eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, particularly because they’re rooted in the need for control over food.

Orthorexia FAQs

To learn more about orthorexia, including the condition’s signs and symptoms, explore the frequently asked questions below.