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Healthy eating taken to extremes is unhealthy

While eating healthy is good for you, going overboard could lead to more dangerous eating disorders like anorexia. (Source: Raycom Media) While eating healthy is good for you, going overboard could lead to more dangerous eating disorders like anorexia. (Source: Raycom Media)

ST PETERSBURG, FL (WTSP/CBS) - One woman says she became obsessed with eating pure.

Jordan Younger's career as a vegan food blogger took an unexpected turn when she realized she was suffering from a new kind of eating disorder, orthorexia, an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy.

"I would embark on these 10- to 30-day juice cleanses where I would only be drinking vegetable juice," she said. "That's not veganism. That's just not even eating."

Younger says she lost 25 pounds in two months. The 24-year-old says she took veganism to an extreme, cutting out more than just meat and animal byproducts.

"I would never eat white bread, refined flour," she said. "I didn't eat any flour. There were a lot of things. You should rather ask what I did eat."

While eating healthy is good for you, going overboard could lead to more dangerous eating disorders like anorexia.

An indication that someone might be dealing with orthorexia is when it prevents a person from socializing.

Clean eating and adolescence can become a problem when adolescents stop eating with families and start limiting too much what they eat.

While orthorexia could cause a person to eat fewer foods or stop eating altogether, there's another eating disorder that it could trigger: binge eating.

Younger turned to a therapist and nutritionist and said she is getting better.

In addition to vegetables, she now eats more protein, including meat and fish. And she's changed the name of her blog from the Blonde Vegan to the Balanced Blonde.

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