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Can We Predict Anorexia?

url-2 The size and shape of our brains may do exactly that.

The School of Medicine at the University of Colorado explored this, using MRIs on 19 adolescent females who had been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, compared to 22 adolescent girls who had not.

The brain scans showed the females with anorexia “had larger left orbitofrontal, right insular, and bilateral temporal cortex gray matter.”

The orbitofrontal cortex tells the person when they’re full; it’s time to stop eating.

The insular is activated as we taste food; it’s related to the pleasantness of eating. Specifically, the […]