Orthorexia nervosa among college students: Associations with restrictive eating, excessive exercise, and psychological distress
Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
Department or School
Karen K. Saules
Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is defined as a "fixation" or an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy food (Bratman, 2000). ON is not considered an official eating disorder in the DSM-5; however, ON consists of an intense diet regimen (Mcinerney-Ernst, 2011). Individuals who suffer from ON have found to be considerably invested in the foods they consume and how meals are prepared. ON can be a cause for a concern because some individuals would rather starve than eat foods which they consider to be "impure" (Donini, Marsili, Graziani, Imbriale, & Cannella, 2004). Individuals with ON have been found to be more interested in the quality over the quantity of the foods they consume (Arby & Koven, 2015). This study used an online survey method via www.Surveymonkey.com. The primary focus of this study was to investigate the correlations between ON and other forms of disordered eating, excessive exercise, and psychological factors among the college student population. Results indicate that ON, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive features are related, but ON and depression are not. It was hypothesized those with orthorexic tendencies would be more inclined to excessively exercise due to extreme guilt; ON and exercise were related, but this was not mediated by fear of food, guilt, or obsessive-compulsive features.
Lawson, Alyssa, "Orthorexia nervosa among college students: Associations with restrictive eating, excessive exercise, and psychological distress" (2019). Senior Honors Theses and Projects. 639.