What is ‘Protorexia’ – a protein-shake fad or a symptom of dangerous clean eating?

What is ‘Protorexia’ – a protein-shake fad or a symptom of dangerous clean eating?

A different health food trend emerges every few years. In the 1980s, “fat free” was the term du jour, with everything from yogurts to cheese and sweets suddenly branded low fat. Despite this, our waistlines continued to grow. It later emerged that the fat content of these products had been replaced with huge, toxic amounts of sugar.

Protein is now the name of the diet game. Gym-goers swig from protein shakes and nibble on protein bars. We eat boiled eggs as snacks. We buy lunch from pop-ups called Protein Haus and feast on skinless, broiled chicken breasts with green veg. This trend is now so popular that the term “protorexia” has been coined to describe those who eat excessive amounts of protein and militantly eschew other food groups, like carbohydrates.

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