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  1. Hi Mr. Bratman,
    Today I’ve acknowledged that my main eating disorder is Orthorexia. Ive struggled with bulimia due to the stress of me always being worried that I’ve eaten the wrong foods or the wrong amount. But my eating addiction tricks into me thinking I’m happy bingeing, but I get so sick I go into a full anxiety/panic attack so I purge after by throwing up, restricting and overexercising when I knew my body needed to rest. I never knew this truly was a real disorder because my mind relates to this other than the other disorders. Thank you for sharing all your stories. I’m less afraid now of myself. But my point is this, I am a nutrition major and I’m a freshmen in college.. should I switch my major and find something else? I’m also an economics minor.. but I don’t want to deal with an eating disorder all my life. What should I do?

    1. Have you tried getting any counseling for it? You might be able to find other ways to deal with the anxieties of being a human!

  2. I have a grandson who is 14 and this sounds exactly like what has been happening to him for the past year. He had a strong reaction to being placed at center on the football team at his school and said “only fat boys play center”……after that he became very picky about his food and since has become totally obsessed with eating only what he selects and prepares. He has become a “loner” and is very distressed about going to school. He just wants to play on his iPad or fish with “ONE FRIEND” only. He did come on a family vacation this summer but was very distant and refused to eat anything when we ate out a couple of meals. He is extremely thin. His parents have had him seeing a “eating disorder” doctor, a Psychologist who put him on an antidepressant and has him weighed at a clinic weekly. He is 5″8″ and weighed below 100 when they took him for an assessment. He is now at 100 lbs and very anti-social. They live in GA….are there any treatment doctors or centers in Ga or South Carolina?

  3. I recently encountered an unusual case. A person in his 20s who is eating ONLY fruits since he was 15 years old. Every several weeks he eats only ONE kind of fruit. He is spending most of his time in front of the computer searching and reading about nutrition. He is currently in relationship, sustains himself, is not neglected but is very thin. I was wondering is he suffers from an eating disorder (I encountered the term orthorexia)? How does this extreme diet affects is health? For instance, it is known that B12 deficiency can cause severe mental disorders. What about other deficiencies? What is the risk that this fruitarian diet pose? Noam Drigues, MD (Psychiatrist)

  4. Dear Dr Bratman

    I googled the term’ orthorexia’ and came across your website after watching a programme on UK television recently on strict healthy eating diets, in which orthorexia was mentioned and a young woman became so obsessed with purity that she lived off organic melon and was just 6 stone when she was admitted to hospital. I am currently an undergraduate studying for a BSc Psychology and I find that I have an interest in health psychology and also the phenomenon that are eating disorders. I just wanted to say I totally see the logic behind your proposal that orthorexia may be an actual (though unclassified) disorder which exists. I have read through much of the hate mail received by yourself and I cannot believe people can be so rude when there is a lot of sense and logic to your theory.

    Sincerely,

    Shannon S.

  5. Dear Dr. Bratman,
    My name is Lauren Petticrew and I am a masters level counseling psychology student at Holy Family University in Philadelphia PA. I am intrigued by your research and advocacy for the Orthorexia Nervosa condition. I have been using much of your anacdotal information on the disorder for an advocacy project within my program in order to raise awareness for Orthorexia Nervosa and its need for further research. As I continue with this topic I am wanting to take my advocacy to the next level. I would be very interested in your opinions on what else I can be doing in order to create a further reach and progression for this emerging issue. It would mean a lot to have for input on this project and I hope that I can further your cause in such a way that would be helpful and productive in conjunction with your goals and agenda for the recognition of this disorder in the DSM. Thank you in advance for your assistance and attention with this matter. Please feel free to email me at your earliest convenience at lpetticrew@holyfamily.edu.

  6. after watching a programme on different diets. i find my self thinking that this is possibley what my daughter is suffering from. i can count on one hand the repetative food she eats daily. i am at a loss of how as a family we can help her. her weight is going down and down. and she wont understand what we are saying to her. where do we start. please some advice. thank you for reading this. mary roche

  7. Hello Dr. Bratman,
    My name is Jose Alejandro Acosta and during my first year of residency in family medicine in Mexico, and initiated a research protocol on orthorexia in college youth, has used ortho-15 survey to assess my population, and I would like to hear from you so I could support me in my studio
    I hope to get a favorable response from you
    Thank you

  8. Hallo Sina,
    Ich hoffe du siehst das. Ich schreibe gerade an meiner Maturaarbeit über Orthorexie. Diesen Monat ist ein neues Buch über Orthorexie erschienen, in dem Orto-15 auf drei Seiten auf Deutsch erklärt und zusammengefasst wird. Ist nicht gerade viel, aber wenigstens etwas :) Das buch heisst Gesund, gesünder, Orthorexie von Christoph Kloter, Julia Depa & Svenja Humme und ist im Springer Verlag erschienen. Ich hoffe ich konnte dir irgendwie helfen und viel Glück bei deiner Masterarbeit! :)

    Liebe Grüsse
    Eileen

  9. Dear Mr. Bratman,
    I am interested in the phenomena of Orthorexia and I would like to make it the topic of my master thesis. Recently I am searching for german articles but I can’t find any german diagnostic measurements. Do you know if there exists a german translation of the ORTO-15 questionnaire?
    I would be pleased to hear from you
    Sincerely,
    Sina

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