Brain Imaging Improves Treatment For Eating Disorders

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Bulimia and anorexia nervosa affect more than 10-million Americans, but effective treatment options are scarce. In a news release from UC San Diego, Dr. Walter H. Kaye, professor of psychiatry,  suggests a key reason for the lack of new treatments is “our limited understanding of how brain function may contribute to eating disorder symptoms.”

However, recent advances in brain imaging technology have allowed experts to discover the cause of symptoms related to these disorders. Dr. Kaye reported that brain imaging has revealed the cause behind food restriction, which he calls “the most critical and dangerous behavior in anorexia.”

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