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Current status of functional imaging in eating disorders

Authors

  • Guido K.W. Frank MD,

    1. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colorado
    2. Department of Neuroscience, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colorado
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  • Walter H. Kaye MD

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California
    • Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, 8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, C207, La Jolla, CA 92037. or Guido K.W. Frank, MD, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 13123 E 16th Street, B130, Aurora CO 80045
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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)

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