Eating Disorders

  • Angelo Del Parigi
  • Ellen Schur


As commonly defined, eating disorders are persistent abnormalities of eating behavior that affect physical or mental health. Traditionally, eating disorders identify psychiatric conditions characterized by compulsive eating or extreme avoidance of eating, epitomized by bulimia nervosa (BN) and anorexia nervosa (AN), respectively. Another rather well-characterized eating disorder is binge eating disorder (BED), which can lead to weight gain, obesity, and related comorbidities, but it is not specific to any metabolic condition or disease. Although not included among eating disorders, we submit that “garden variety” (i.e., nonspecific) chronic overeating that leads to weight gain and obesity meets the basic criterion for eating disorders. Overeaters challenge the homeostasis of energy balance by ingesting food in excess of their needs and clearly develop a pathological condition, overweight–obesity, that undermines their physical health, meeting our common definition of an eating disorder. In this chapter, therefore, we will take a comprehensive approach and illustrate the neuroimaging evidence accrued on nonspecific overeating, BED, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.


Single Photon Emission Compute Tomography Anorexia Nervosa Anterior Cingulate Cortex Eating Disorder Binge Eating 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Development Endocrine, Pfizer Inc.New YorkUSA

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