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Lauren Wynne


This presentation is the product of preliminary research conducted in preparation for a larger ethnographic project on how the tensions and debates described above manifest both in clinical settings and in sites of professional dialogue, such as conferences. Future research aims to understand how this complexity is dealt with in the nitty-gritty of clinical encounters and DSM revision debates. This paper introduces debates about ON, first and briefly, within the medical literature that is attempting to develop diagnostic criteria and better understand the condition, and, second, through analysis of responses to orthorexia outside of formal medical scholarship, through popular and social media. The paper analyzes narrative accounts by individuals who identify themselves as recovering orthorexics to better understand the way in which ON is becoming a salient disease category without even yet being an entry in the DSM.


Presented as part of the Ursinus College Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA) held April 23 – April 30, 2020.

The downloadable file is an audio commentary with a run time of 34:04.


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