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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > August 2017 > COULD YOU HAVE AN EATING DISORDER WITHOUT KNOWING IT?


We all try to eat more of the good stuff and less of the bad – but go too far and restricting your diet in the name of so-called ‘wellbeing’ can become a form of disordered eating
Compiled by Francesca Specter. Photographs iStock

DR JOANNA SILVER is lead eating disorder therapist and counselling psychologist at the Nightingale Hospital, London

The trend for eating a highly limited diet centred around ‘clean, virtuous’ foods was borne from a group of wellness bloggers and niche experts, but increasingly their philosophies have entered into the mainstream. There are presently over 30 million Instagram posts with the hashtag ‘#cleaneating’. The number of UK vegans has risen by 360 per cent in the past decade, and a third of Brits have eaten gluten-free food in the past six months – despite just one per cent of the population being diagnosed with coeliac disease (an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten intolerance). Meanwhile, intermittent fasting, such as in the 5:2 diet, and detox teas – which claim to ‘cleanse the digestive system using natural herbs’ – have never been so popular.

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Embrace a #naturalsummer with the August issue of Healthy, which helps you maximise the wellbeing benefits of summer. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know for your summer holidays, including your summer beauty 'capsule' bag, plus why being outside = a natural happiness boost. Also, we've rounded up a whole list of salad supper under 300 calories to keep you trim, plus the best veggie burgers to enjoy at those BBQs. Read all about it – we chat to Sadie Frost on why she's swapped late night partying for morning yoga, and we catch up with Delicious Ella in her regular column. Find out more in the brand new issue of healthy.