Definition of orthorexia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɔːθəˈrɛksɪə/


[mass noun]
1An obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.
Example sentences
  • I don't know about orthorexia, but it's great having an excuse for being fussy.
  • What holds most women back from the brink of full-on orthorexia is the fear of becoming obsessive and losing all their friends.
  • There are a variety of subspecies of the illness, including one called orthorexia, so-called health food junkies.
1.1 (also orthorexia nervosa) A medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods that they believe to be harmful.
Example sentences
  • The latest eating disorder is known as orthorexia nervosa, an obsessive eating of pure foods in the quest for improved health.
  • Although many experts believe orthorexia nervosa may be a genuine concern, some think it's not a clinically useful diagnosis.
  • Bigorexia, orthorexia, non-purgative bulimia - is there no end to the illnesses you can catch from trying to eat healthily?



Pronunciation: /ˌɔːθəˈrɛksɪk/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Every potential orthorexic reaches a moment of self-revelation when they realise that they're either going to have to compromise or stay at home alone juicing beetroot and celery for ever.
  • As an anorexic, I looked down on people who ate heartily; I think orthorexics like being awkward and see people who eat what I would term ‘rubbish’ food as weak and unhealthy.
  • Like anorexia, it often involves severe weight loss, but so-called orthorexics are obsessed with food quality, rather than quantity, and strive for personal purity in their eating habits rather than for a thin physique.


1990s: from ortho- + Greek orexia 'appetite', after anorexia.

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