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anorexiaIn the Los Angeles Times (7/22) Booster Shots blog, Shari Roan observed that, according to a study published online this week in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, “faulty wiring in the brains of people with anorexia causes them to fail to recognize when they are hungry and feel anxious and depressed when they do eat.” In other words, “starvation makes them feel better — psychologically.” Researchers from the University of California-San Diego found that “anorexia occurs in people who tend be perfectionists or have anxiety or obsessive-compulsive tendencies.” Then, “once a patient begins an altered pattern of eating, neuro-chemical changes take place in the brain.” Brain scans performed during the study indicated that “people with anorexia have an imbalance between circuits in the brain that regulate reward and emotion and circuits associated with consequences and the ability to plan ahead.”

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