Anorexia Nervosa May Lead to Substantial Changes in Brain Structure

A new study by researchers from the University of Bath in the UK finds that anorexia nervosa can seriously reduce critical measures of brain structure and health.Anorexia Nervosa May Lead to Substantial Changes in Brain Structure

The research team used 1,648 female brain scans (685 with anorexia) collected from 22 different locations. The researchers found decreases in cortical thickness, subcortical volumes, and cortical surface area in people with anorexia.

The analysis showed that the reductions in the size and shape of the brain of the patients with anorexia were two to four times larger than reductions caused by other psychological conditions such as depression, ADHD, and OCD.

The study didn't cover the cause for such reductions. However, the research team hypothesizes that reductions in body mass index (BMI) and the number of nutrients available are likely to have something to do with it.

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