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Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Goes Bad Paperback – November 14, 2017
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About the Author
Renee McGregor BSc(Hons) PGDip(Diet) RD PgCert(Sportsnutr) SENr is a registered dietitian and sports nutritionist and is accredited by the Health Professions Council and a member of Sports Dietitians UK, Renee has over 10 years expertise and knowledge in nutrition, including experience working with elite Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their coaches. She is a regular contributor to BBC Food, Cycling Plus and Runner’s World magazines and the author of Training Foods.
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I do wish the author had spent a little more time discussing people who start restricting their diets based on a doctor's advice due to legitimate health problems. For example, elimination diets are often recommended for those with autoimmune conditions, and many of these patients will have risk factors for disordered eating. It would have been nice to see more guidance on how to manage these conditions without slipping into an orthorexic mindset.
Ms. McGregor does describe what she believes a healthy diet should look like (assuming you have no health problems), and she also gives some suggestions for how to recover from orthorexia and maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, you shouldn't expect this book to allow you to treat yourself. Ms. McGregor states that it's vital to work with a registered dietitian and a mental health professional with experience treating eating disorders.
Note that this is written in British English, and while the author has tried to address her content to both UK and US audiences, some of the material may be confusing or inaccurate for Americans. For example, the author mentions that psychologists can prescribe medication. I don't know whether that is true in the UK, but it is not true in most of the US; in all but a few states, the only mental health professionals who prescribe medication here are psychiatrists or psychiatric nurse practitioners, who she does not mention in this book.
In the end, I would say this is probably worth reading if you would like to have a better understanding of orthorexia, particularly if you or someone you care about is on a restrictive diet and you want to make sure that the diet doesn't become an obsession.
I volunteered to review an advanced reader copy of this book provided to me by the publisher and NetGalley. Because I have not seen the published version, I cannot comment on the final editing and formatting.
Questo é il primo libro che leggo completamente dedicato all'ortoressia e penso sia fatto molto bene. Fino ad ora si leggeva di ortoressia soltanto collegata ad altri disturbi alimentari, ma stavolta l'autrice si prende il tempo di descriverne i vari aspetti e come possa essere collegata ad altri disturbi e come possa nascondersi dietro comportamenti di solito considerati "normali". Alla fine non é che risolve il problema, ma certamente questo libro é un primo passo per una corretta informazione e la ricerca di una soluzione attraverso un professionista.