“Keep Yourself Alive”: From Healthy Eating to Progression to Orthorexia Nervosa A Mixed Methods Study among Young Women in the Netherlands

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Abstract

This study aimed to understand the factors influencing people’s choice to follow a diet considered healthy, and if and how these factors may contribute progress toward a higher (unhealthy) degree of preoccupation with healthy eating: orthorexia nervosa. This was achieved through mixed methods (interviews, n = 12; questionnaire, n = 82). The target group was young females in the Netherlands. Several biological, psychological, and social factors contribute to people’s healthy eating. Having concerns about chronic conditions were found to be significantly associated with a higher degree of preoccupation with healthy eating, resulting implicated in the possible onset of orthorexia nervosa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-597
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume59
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • biopsychosocial model
  • healthy eating
  • Orthorexia nervosa
  • transition

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