5. Neurochemistry: the Fabric of Life and the Fabric of Eating Disorders

  1. Bryan Lask3,4,5 and
  2. Ian Frampton3,6
  1. Kenneth Nunn1,2

Published Online: 10 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119998402.ch5

Eating Disorders and the Brain

Eating Disorders and the Brain

How to Cite

Nunn, K. (2011) Neurochemistry: the Fabric of Life and the Fabric of Eating Disorders, in Eating Disorders and the Brain (eds B. Lask and I. Frampton), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119998402.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Regional Eating Disorders Service, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo Universitetssykehus HF, Ullevål, Bygg 37, 0407 Oslo, Norway

  2. 4

    Ellern Mede Service for Eating Disorders, 31 Totteridge Common, London, N20 8LR, UK

  3. 5

    Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, WC1N 3JH, UK

  4. 6

    College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Molecular Neuropsychiatry Service, Department of Psychological Medicine, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW, 2145, Australia

  2. 2

    School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 26 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470670033

Online ISBN: 9781119998402



  • neurochemistry, the fabric of life - and fabric of eating disorders;
  • five aims, five propositions, five implications - and five recommendations for research;
  • social science or psychotherapy personnel, and eating disorders - understanding molecular and enzymatic interactions;
  • neurochemistry approach to eating disorders - complementing existing understandings;
  • impact of a neurochemistry perspective - on eating disorder treatment;
  • five propositions, relating to neurochemistry - in field of eating disorders;
  • neurons, heavy users of oxygen - without oxygen, humans lasting 3–5 minutes, brain damage;
  • fabric of one's daily lives, and food - DNA, thread tying together the whole fabric of life;
  • genes, the weaver and the woven - neurotransmitters, narratives recorded, along the DNA;
  • eating disorders, nutritional depletion and imbalance - threat to accurate construction


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Five aims

  • Five propositions relating neurochemistry to the field of eating disorders

  • Five implications of these propositions

  • Five directions for future research

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgement

  • References