Let’s talk about The Blonde Vegan, orthorexia, and supporting vegans (and ex-vegans) with health issues.
There’s a widespread misconception that vegan food has to be healthy and that veganism is the gateway to an eating disorder. Let’s talk about it!
Blogger Jordan Younger, best known as the “Blonde Vegan” recently confessed to her 70,000 followers that she’s given up on her vegan diet because of a battle with orotherexia—an eating disorder described as an obsession with eating only healthy foods. She’s now just “The Blonde Veggie.”
The obsession with eating healthy has a name: orthorexia nervosa. Quite simply, orthorexia has been elevated to eating disorder status due to one’s fixation on food, where an overwhelming amount of mental attention is spent thinking about and restricting access to certain foods.
Orthorexia is an eating disorder first identified in 1997 that describes a pathological obsession with healthy eating, to the point where it disrupts a person’s daily life and damages their health.