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Quiz: What is 'orthorexia' and are you struggling with it?

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Hass avocados for sale at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, California on January 22, 2015. The avocado has become the United States new favorite fruit with more than 4.25 billion sold last year. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

If food trends like juice fasts and gluten-free foods are any indication, we as a nation are trying to eat our way to a healthier, longer life.

But this urge to eat healthy is giving rise to an eating disorder known as “orthorexia.” People suffering from orthorexia don’t so much obsess with how much or little they eat, rather, they focus on how “pure” or “clean” their food is. In extreme cases, Orthorexia can lead to malnutrition and chronic health issues.

The disorder is relatively new, and a group of researchers in Colorado have come up with a set of diagnostic guidelines for doctors. Do you know someone who might be suffering from orthorexia? What are the warning signs? What are treatment options?

Guest:

Thomas Dunn, associate professor of psychology at the University of Northern Colorado and co-author of a recent paper in Psychosomatics that outlines diagnostic criteria for the disorder

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