Given the restrictive nature of a vegan diet, some dieticians have classified teenage veganism as an ‘eating disorder in disguise’.
Orthorexia Nervosa is the ‘new’ eating disorder referred to, which is an obsession with eating foods considered healthy, and fear of eating foods that are not. Many have also pointed the finger at Instagram for contributing to the increase in Orthorexia sufferers. This is particularly since prominent vegan blogger The Balanced Blonde (formerly known as The Blonde Vegan) admitted that going vegan triggered her eating disorder.
Not surprisingly, this association has been dismissed by many passionate vegans, leading to much debate. These articles highlight the two different perspectives on whether or not there is a correlation and the role Instagram has played.