If someone were to tell you that malnutrition is a problem students are struggling with here on campus, would you believe it?

When people think of malnutrition, most picture the emaciated children that you see on television commercials. Although this is a huge problem globally, another type of malnutrition is becoming a big part of America’s culture.

Orthorexia nervosa, literally meaning “fixation on righteous eating”, occurs when an individual develops an obsession with eating healthy and pure foods. This can start out as a diet, but soon eating healthy becomes an obsession- often cutting major food groups completely out of their diet in pursuit of the “purest” foods.

Orthorexia nervousa is not recognized as a disorder within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), but many people still suffer with it. To learn more about this disorder, watch the following clip:


Written by Rachel Kile, Peer Educator