(NBC News) – Jordan Younger had been searching for a way to cure her lifelong digestive issues. She began a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains.
But as her stomach problems persisted, Younger took extreme measures by eliminating more and more foods from her diet.
“I started cutting out a lot of different types of fruits and then different types of nuts, and then quinoa and all kinds of grains; at one point, I was just eating green vegetables.” said health and lifestyle blogger Jordan Younger
Younger was lacking key nutrients from her limited diet, and she became fatigued and started losing her hair.
Younger said it was not only she who suffered from the effects of her diet.
“It was hard on everyone around me because we couldn’t just go to a restaurant and enjoy the night and go out from there. It was like can Jordan eat anything here, probably not.” said Younger
Younger had developed an eating disorder called Othorexia. It’s not formally recognized as a clinical diagnosis due to lack of research, but doctors say it’s becoming increasingly common.
Signs include becoming preoccupied with food and being fearful of eating around others.
“They’re really motivated to eat healthy, eat clean and that motivation is more of a preoccupation and a focus on food than a traditional eating disorder which would be more focused on weight.” said Renfrew Center Therapist, Ashley Sheil
Extreme cases can result in weight loss, malnutrition and depression.
“Treatment really needs to be a combination of therapy and nutrition therapy in order to have the best results.” said Sheil
Younger was able to overcome her Orthorexia with counseling. She now eats a balanced diet that includes meat, eggs, and a lot of fish.