Orthorexia: An unhealthy obsession with healthy food ensnares many active, fit Coloradans
Many Coloradans have a deep passion for healthy eating: Our wellness-focused lifestyle has led to media attention, population growth and the lowest obesity rates in the nation. In Denver-area experts caution that what begins as health consciousness is increasingly descending into a still largely untalked-about eating disorder called orthorexia. The term, coined in 1997 by Colorado Dr. Steven Bratman, literally means "righteous eating." It's a quest for dietary perfection that consumes one's daily routine — while exacting a physical and social toll. More than 20 years after its recognition, orthorexia is still not an official diagnosis of the National Eating Disorders Association, and without a set of diagnostic criteria, studies on its prevalence are nonexistent.