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Orthorexia: When healthy eating goes extreme - Lisa Petersen on sacbee.com

Lisa Petersen-Ph.D

Lisa Petersen, PhD, CEDS, Clinical Director, Eating Recovery Center, California , was recently featured in an article on sacbee.com: “Orthorexia: When healthy eating goes extreme.” Two years ago, Sacramento native Jordan Younger was running the popular lifestyle blog “The Blonde Vegan” and becoming the Web’s go-to guru on plant-based eating. Based in New York, Younger had built a personal brand by writing about the dangers of processed foods and pesticides and the benefits of organic juice cleanses. Despite her success, Younger was also building a paralyzing fear of what she considered unhealthful food, a disorder known as orthorexia nervosa that’s being diagnosed in a growing number of health-conscious Americans. Sometimes called the “Whole Foods syndrome,” referring to the upscale, health-focused supermarket chain, orthorexia can cause malnourishment and other problems for those who take clean eating too far. “I was just piling these fears up, and believing everything was totally true and in order to be my perfect, fit self and never get sick, that this was what I had to do,” Younger said. “Unless it was a vegetable, or a fruit, or an unsalted almond, I wouldn’t eat it.”

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