Current status of functional imaging in eating disorders

Int J Eat Disord. 2012 Sep;45(6):723-36. doi: 10.1002/eat.22016. Epub 2012 Apr 25.


Eating Disorders are complex psychiatric problems that involve biologic and psychological factors. Brain imaging studies provide insights about how functionally connected brain networks may contribute to disturbed eating behavior, resulting in food refusal and altered body weight, but also body preoccupations and heightened anxiety. In this article, we review the current state of brain imaging in eating disorders, and how such techniques may help identify pathways that could be important in the treatment of those often detrimental disorders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnostic imaging
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / pathology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Positron-Emission Tomography