The obsession of losing weight and switching to healthy eating without knowing what it actually is, has become a common problem. Some health experts suggest that an obsession with healthy eating may paradoxically be endangering lives. According to the Paris nutritionist Sophie Ortega, a pure unbending vegan diet can lead to B12 deficiency. B12 is not made by the body and most people get the required nutrient from animal products like eggs, dairy products, meat or fish.
If untreated, a vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to vision loss, weakness, tiredness and light headedness, heart palpitation, nerve problems, depression and memory loss. The other issue with clean eating is that it could be leading to orthorexia nervosa- a term first coined by physician Steven Bratman in the year 1990.
According to some experts, this problem of obsessive healthy eating disorder is known as orthorexia nervosa. Orthorexia is not an interest in healthy, but it is when enthusiasm becomes a pathological obsession that leads to social isolation, psychological disturbance and even physical harm. But as is often the case in disorders that may have complex psychological causes, there is still a strong debate as to whether the condition really exists.
Orthorexia is not part of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, set down by mental health professionals in the United States that is also widely used as a benchmark elsewhere.
Vitamin B12 deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to various health problems. Therefore, it is important to move over obsession with healthy eating and switch to foods that are rich in B12 vitamin. Foods like seafood, eggs, liver and kidney and dairy products are high sources of vitamin B12. The daily Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin B12 is 2.4 micrograms for people above 14 years of age and above.