Fitness

Did You Know That The Bulimic Brain Functions Differently Around Food?

Sponsored

Bulimia is a serious eating condition, and people suffering from the condition should take it seriously. As are health experts, who through a recent research have discovered that women suffering from bulimia nervosa may be using food to avoid stress and negative self-thinking.

For the uninitiated, Bulimia (also referred to as Bulimia Nervosa) is an eating disorder where the person tends to binge and then follow methods to avoid putting on weight. And this more often than not involves throwing up deliberately; however, some affected people do try and exercise and fast as well.

“To our knowledge, the current study is the first investigation of the neural reactions to food cues following a stressful event in women with bulimia nervosa,” says lead author Brittany Collins, Ph.D., of the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Image: INLIFE Healthcare

 

What Did The Study Say?

The study involved 20 women (women are most susceptible to bulimia) out of which 10 were bulimic. The women were all given the same food and within an hour of eating, they were examined in an MRI scanner and were shown a set of random images, such as furniture, followed by photographs of high-sugar or fat-laden food, like ice cream and pizza. This was followed by solving an impossible mathematics problem in order to induce stress; after which the subjects were again scanned and shown some more junk food images. The participants were then asked to rate their stress and food craving levels.

Related Post

Even though all the women rated their stress somewhat similarly, the brain scans varied. The brains of bulimic women showed a lower blood flow to the precuneus (the part of the brain associated with self-reflection) when they were shown images of food, while for the rest, the blood flow to this region of the brain increased.

A similar second study was conducted on 17 women to follow up and substantiate the findings of the first research. The second study showed the same results, noted co-author Sarah Fischer, Ph.D., of George Mason University in Virginia.

While the exact cause of bulimia remains unidentified, experts attribute it to various factors like excessive stress, low self-esteem, or history of abuse, etc. could trigger this eating disorder. Additionally, genetics are also a major factor of bulimia.

 

Featured Image: YouTube

Source: Blasting News

Ankita

Binge eater by day and binge watcher by night, Ankita is fluent in food, film, and Internet. When she’s not obsessing over the hottest trends, tacos, and the perfect author’s bio, you can find her under a pile of Jeffery Archer’s novels or looking for the nearest wine shop.

Share Now
Published by

Recent Posts

SMOOR EID special products

EID Hamper by SMOOR This Ramadan, gift delights thoughtfully handpicked by SMOOR. Bring home hampers…

3 weeks ago

This Independence Day, National Geographic to premiere ‘Buried Seeds’; the inspiring journey of world-renowned Indian Chef Vikas Khanna

“Buried Seeds uncovers many memories and emotions that were hidden inside me for so long”…

9 months ago

What’s cooking between National Geographic and Chef Vikas Khanna ahead of Independence Day

  National Geographic, a brand known for its rich legacy of authentic and impactful storytelling…

10 months ago

7 Appliances That Will Make Your Time In The Kitchen A Little Easier

  The world today has no time to stop and no time to waste. Everything…

10 months ago

Coverture Chocolates : SMOOR

  A brand that crafts the ultimate indulgence experiences with couverture chocolates brings a set…

10 months ago

Hilton Honors Unveils Exclusive Offer for Dining ‘Like a Member’

Members to receive exclusive access to attractive perks and privileges at Hilton dining establishments in…

10 months ago