Friday, March 31, 2023

The risk of orthorexia, the obsession with healthy eating

Expert in Endocrinology and Nutrition at HM Modelo Hospital, Iria Rodriguez, warns of the danger of suffering from orthorexia, an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive fixation on food that the patient considers healthyWith recurrent and frequent preoccupations with food.

“Sometimes this obsession is triggered by a diet that is proposed deal with distortion The desire to have a healthy diet requires a certain nutritional management and others”, he said.

Moreover, according to the expert of HM Hospital, it is with a hardness and Inflexibility in diet that ultimately leads to psychological declineCreating anxiety or stress, and which may affect social behaviour, for example, avoiding eating out.

Additionally, some foods can reach this restriction. trigger other endocrine diseases Such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, menstrual disorders, osteoporosis and even malnutrition and underweight. The norms adopted by a person with orthorexia can vary greatly.

Sometimes the passion is focused only on the quality of the food or the way it is grown or manufactured, and on other occasions it involves Some food group banned due to misconception that they contain toxic substances or because they think they are unhealthy.

“In any case, they are always Too harsh self-imposed rules for perceived health reasons, But they are often wrong”, Rodriguez stressed, adding that orthorexia “is fundamentally associated with prevention, with nutrition education for the population from reliable sources, avoiding the less rigorous information that is currently available through social networks.” is transmitted through the medium”.

Wearing what is appropriate and recommended on a day-to-day basis, as indicatedA healthy, complete, balanced and varied diet, Like the Mediterranean, which contains all the foods we need to meet our needs for micro and macro nutrients and which helps prevent heart diseases, obesity, diabetes and even some types of cancer.

“But if we leave it sometimes This will not affect our health in any way. We should not be obsessive or have a feeling of guilt or anxiety”, decided a specialist in Endocrinology and Nutrition at HM Modelo Hospital.

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