Hunger versus reward: How do anorexics control their appetite?

23 marzo 2015

Many adults, regardless of their weight, resolve to avoid fatty foods and unhealthy desserts. But despite one’s best intentions, when the moment for decision comes, that chocolate lava cake is often too enticing and self-control vanishes. This behavior is normal because hunger increases the intensity of food rewards. Yet, individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN), despite their state of starvation, are able to ignore such food-related rewards. A new study sheds new light on the brain mechanisms that may contribute to the disturbed eating patterns of anorexia.