[Eating disorders]

Brain Nerve. 2015 Feb;67(2):183-92. doi: 10.11477/mf.1416200110.
[Article in Japanese]


Eating disorders are characterized by aberrant patterns of eating behavior, including such symptoms as extreme restriction of food intake or binge eating, and severe disturbances in the perception of body shape and weight, as well as a drive for thinness and obsessive fears of becoming fat. Eating disorder is an important cause for physical and psychosocial morbidity in young women. Patients with eating disorders have a deficit in the cognitive process and functional abnormalities in the brain system. Recently, brain-imaging techniques have been used to identify specific brain areas that function abnormally in patients with eating disorders. We have discussed the clinical and cognitive aspects of eating disorders and summarized neuroimaging studies of eating disorders.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Image
  • Bulimia / diagnosis
  • Bulimia / etiology*
  • Bulimia / therapy
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Feeding Behavior / physiology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / etiology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / physiopathology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / complications