Do I have orthorexia?
Are you a health freak, or do other name you a health freak? If you are a healthy-diet enthusiast, and you answer yes to any of the following questions, you might have or you may be developing orthorexia nervosa:
① I spend so much of my life thinking about, choosing and preparing healthy food that it interferes with other dimensions of my life, such as love, creativity, family, friendship, work and school.
② When I eat any food I consider to be unhealthy, I feel guilty, impure, unclean and get anxious. I judge others who eat such foods.I love to hang out with vegetarians and vegans.
③ My personal sense of peace, happiness, joy, safety and self-esteem is excessively dependent on the purity and rightness of what I eat. "The better and healthier I eat, the better I feel about myself."
④ Sometimes I would like to relax my self-imposed “good food” rules for a special occasion, such as a wedding or a meal with family or friends, but I find that I cannot. (Note: If you have a medical condition in which it is unsafe for you to make ANY exception to your diet, then this item does not apply.)
⑤ I have steadily eliminated more foods and expanded my list of food rules in an attempt to maintain or enhance health benefits; sometimes, I may take an existing food theory and add to it with beliefs of my own.
⑥ Following my theory of healthy eating has caused me to lose more weight than most people would say is good for me, or has caused other signs of malnutrition such as hair loss, loss of menstruation or skin problems.
⑦ If I am honest I feel super strong about being so disciplined. I prepare my food at home so I don't need to go to restaurants. The idea of needing to eat somewhere - and I don't know if they have healthy things for me on the menu - worries me.
⑧ Others make comments (or joke) about the way I eat me sometimes. I think they are jealous. They don't have discipline. I think they are lazy and unconscious about what they eat. They should read something about it, and they should try to eat what I eat for a week. Sometimes I want to convince others to eat and live my lifestyle as well.
⑨ I care about Mother Nature and all animals living on this planet. I think this is a good thing, and I upset sometimes of people who don't care about this. I judge others, and I don't want to hang out with others that live an unconscious life. Sometimes I can be a bit extreme.
⑩ I find myself worrying about what to eat, what to prepare, or what and where to buy my food. Thoughts about food occupy my mind. I find it hard to focus on other things than food and eating healthy. If I am honest I my mind is pre-occupied with food a lot. I wish I could focus on other things more often.
(Source: Parts of this test comes from the Bratman Orthorexia Self-Test)