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Experts: Healthy eating can take a turn for the worse

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Parents often find themselves reminding their children to eat their fruits and vegetables.

However, as the saying goes, too much of a good thing can sometimes be harmful.

Health experts said that is even true when trying to eat healthy.

Vegan food blogger Jordan Younger said her career took an unexpected turn when she was suffering from a new kind of eating disorder known as orthorexia.

This is 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,” Younger said. “That's not veganism -- that's just not even eating.”

Younger said she lost 25 pounds in two months.

The 24-year-old said she took veganism to an extreme level, cutting out more than just mean and animal byproducts.

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

Nutritionist Sondra Kronberg said patients with traditional eating disorders, like anorexia, are now increasingly showing signs or orthorexia.

"What they start out doing to feel better, begins to control them because of other traits, perhaps they are OCD, or their anxiety, and it becomes more and more compulsive,” Kronberg, spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association, said.

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

In addition to vegetables, she eats more protein, including meat and fish.

"I'm not vegan anymore. I don't believe in labels anymore."

She said she's changing the name of her blog from “The Blonde Vegan” to “The Balanced Blonde.”

The American Psychiatric Association doesn't officially recognize Orthorexia, but those in the medical community say they are seeing a rise in the number of people showing signs of the disorder.

It's National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

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