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Keywords:

  • anorexia nervosa;
  • bulimia nervosa;
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging;
  • positron emission tomography

Abstract

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. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012; 45:723–736)