An excessive desire for a “correct” diet threatens with a mental disorder – a nervous orthorexia. The term “nervous orthorexia” was introduced by the American doctor Stephen Bretman. He remarked: “Pleasure from food is an integral part of human life, and any attempt to abandon this pleasure is perceived as a deviation from the norm.”It all starts with the very good intentions – go on a healthy diet. But in some cases, this thought so captures a person that everything else ceases to interest him. For people who suffer from nervous orthorexia, fear of eating something extra is characteristic, the desire to eat is only environmentally friendly, only natural. A person can refuse many, and sometimes – almost all products: meat, bread, butter, sweets, even vegetables. Naturally, this affect both the physical and the mental state of the patient with orthorexia. A person who initially wanted to become more perfect, with the help of food restrictions, in both physical and spiritual sense, turns into a frighteningly thin neurotic who suffers from insomnia, bad mood, terrible fatigue and a whole bunch of internal diseases.
Any organism with malnutrition is experiencing discomfort. And malnutrition is chronic. First of all, it affects the work of the heart, because the content of potassium in the body decreases on the background of malnutrition. Lack of calcium leads to premature wear of the joints. The stomach also suffers, the intestine does not work well and many more.
At first, orthorexics become hostages of themselves by refusing food pleasures, and then simply fearing to eat an extra piece of bread or chocolates, . They are trying to somehow maintain the shape, but in practice this is impossible. Physically they simply can no longer withstand the previous loads. It starts just psychosis: people no longer eat, but “inject” food into themselves. Orthorexics patients often playfully gay, but in their hearts the fear has already settled in them – to eat the wrong thing, to eat more than it should be, to get sick.
Further – more: orthorexics become withdrawn, depressed, irritable. Nothing pleases them, because voluntarily or involuntarily they think about food, because they are always in a state of hunger, but at the same time they forbid themselves to eat something tasty. This feeling of dissatisfaction contributes to a progressive neurosis.
Those who are just going to go on any diet for weight loss or recovery, it is important to remember: if you constantly think about the dangers of foods that you want to eat, and not about the pleasure that they can give you, then you have a big chance of getting ortorexia. Eat tasty, healthy food and have fun, laugh more and smile. Do not forget: to gain the missing kilograms against the background of orthorexia is much more difficult than to lose excess weight against the background of psychological well-being.