The Anorexic Brain

Neuroimaging improves understanding of eating disorder

By Meghan Rosen, 15:00 PM July 30, 2013

In a spacious hotel room not far from the beach in La Jolla, Calif., Kelsey Heenan gripped her fiancĂ©’s hand. Heenan, a 20-year-old anorexic woman, couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Walter Kaye, director of the eating disorders program at the University of California, San Diego, was telling a handful of rapt patients and their family members what the latest brain imaging research suggested about their disorder.

It’s not your fault, he told them.

Heenan had always assumed that she was to b...

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