Orthorexia is a new eating disorder that is defined as a person who is obsessed with eating healthy. The real question is where does the urge to eat healthy come from? If it comes from a deep insecurity often stemming from childhood, then a form of deep introspection and possibly holistic therapy may be helpful.
How it Happens:
The ego will often create a false self to protect itself from feeling a certain emotion such as vulnerability. The process of an eating disorder can start with retrospection(turns the emotion inward on themselves), and then projects these feelings to outward inappropriate sources. This is often done on a subconscious level(projection).
ie. Instead of expressing anger towards the person who is judging, the emotion is experienced as anger towards oneself(retrospection). The person then judges others without likely knowing why they are doing it.
*Recognizing this pattern can sometimes be enough to overcome a disorder.
Traditional western therapists do not fully grasp that repressed emotions are literally held in the body. Western paradigm practitioners will help one understand the deep affecting issues intellectually, but is often lacking the means to fully integrate the experience. These emotions will truly need to come up and be re-experienced to truly heal.
A few forms of Holistic Therapy include:
Breath Work including Holotropic breath work
Pycho-therapy(a practitioner that understand the emotions must be released)
It is important to note that both Yoga and Meditation can aid in the process of seeing through the defense mechanisms of the ego but may not be sufficient.