Brain changes may underlie anorexia food choices

(Reuters Health) – Differences in brain activity may underlie some of the unhealthy eating patterns in people with anorexia nervosa, a study suggests. People hospitalized for anorexia nervosa activate unique areas of their brains while making decisions between various foods, researchers found. “This study is exciting because it is the first time that we have been able to directly study what is going on in the brain when individuals with anorexia nervosa make decisions about what food to eat,” said Dr. Joanna Steinglass, a psychiatrist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Steinglass and her coauthors used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which tracks blood flow in the brain, to compare 21 women newly hospitalized for anorexia with 21 healthy people. During the imaging, participants rated the healthiness and…


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