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March 29, 2016

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As a dietitian working with K-12 independent schools, it is my passion to share the value of healthy eating with students and our school community partners. Unfortunately, we do see eating disorders, as well as disordered eating (a wide range of abnormal eating behaviors, many of which are shared with diagnosed eating disorders) across age and gender in our student populations.

We have also seen the rise of a relatively new condition — orthorexia nervosa. While currently not recognized as a clinical diagnosis, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa), many people struggle with the symptoms associated with this term, as coined by Dr. Steven Bratman in 1996.

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the leading non-profit organization in the U.S. advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, defines orthorexia nervosa as those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with o...

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