#293: Jessica Setnick, RD – Orthorexia: Positive vs. Pathological Nutrition

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Guest Bio

Jessica Setnick, RD

Jessica has a background in human behavior (she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from The University of Pennsylvania) combined with her expertise in dysfunctional and disordered eating (she is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree and writes books and articles about eating disorders).

A Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian and CEDRD Supervisor, Jessica is the author of The Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide and Eating Disorders Boot Camp. She is a co-founder of IFEDD, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians.

In This Episode We Discuss

  • Orthorexia – what it is and what it isn’t
  • Distinguishing between orthorexia and wanting to eat a healthy diet: positive nutrition vs. pathological nutrition
  • Orthorexia still doesn’t have a classification DSM-5 as a distinct eating disorder
  • Are there certain groups at higher risks?
  • Social media: orthorexic behaviours reinforced by societal approval
  • Thinking about terminology: why an eating disorders shouldn’t be thought about in binary terms

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