National Eating Disorders Association

"Clean eating" has exploded in popularity; these days, it's tough to find a cooking magazine or wellness blog that doesn't mention the trend somewhere in its pages. Eating tasty and nutritious food is important, but the emphasis on cutting out "bad" (or even worse, "dirty") foods raises one big question: is clean eating just dieting by another name? When "clean eating" becomes a socially accepted form of food restriction, it might be time to reconsider just how "clean" it is.

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