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Is the Fixation on “Healthy” Unhealthy? A Study on Orthorexia Nervosa

2011, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Psychology.
This research was a comprehensive examination of the characteristics that may constitute
the proposed disorder “orthorexia nervosa,” a pattern of disordered eating fixating on the
consumption of healthy foods. Orthorexia nervosa does not have an extensive research
base at this time, as it was only defined within the last decade. This research utilized
various self-report questionnaires drawn from other studies centering on food and
obsessive-compulsive characteristics, including the Orthorexia Screen created for the
present study; a Three-Day Food Recall; the Healthy Eating Index; the Food Evaluation
Questionnaire; the ORTO-15; an adaptation of questions from the Florida Obsessive-
Compulsive Inventory; and a survey accounting for other dietary needs. Results of the
present study showed that compared to individuals in the control group (n = 20),
individuals in the orthorexia group (n = 29) exhibited a significant fixation with thoughts
and behaviors about food, as well as distress over these thoughts and behaviors;
consumed less meat, fat, and saturated fat; and had a significantly greater susceptibility to
ON. Future research should examine this pattern of eating further, particularly in different
cultural contexts.
Janis Crowther (Advisor)

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