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The Power of Two

Brain Size Matters

Published December 11, 2013 12:51 PM by Eleanor Wolfram
I was recently reading an article that persons with eating disorders may be due to their larger brain size. According the University of Colorado medical research study, it seems there is strong correlation between eating disorders and anorexic teenagers who have bigger brains that the peers.

The study examined two set of adolescent girls, those with the illness of anorexia nervosa and those without the illness. The girls with anorexia had a tended to posses a larger insula and orbitofrontal cortex. The part of the brain involved is the insula, which involve taste and the orbitofrontal cortex which is the center that tells people to stop eating.

The lead researcher put forth the idea that while environmental factors trigger eating disorders, as scientists we must examine the physiological factors that work in union to develop the eating problems, such as anorexia nervosa. Research is revealing that there area definitely the brain circuitry in regulating food intake is involved in this illness.

There have been many families adversely affected due to this baffling impairment that the collaborative effort between the fields of neurology and psychiatry on uncovering the mysterious illness is of great value. Their important work will shed more light and exposure to the general public. You see, eating disorders have always been linked to females and particularly adolescent girls, but what most people do not know is that it actually affects both genders. Young boys and men are also afflicted with anorexia nervosa and anther little known illness known as bulimia nervosa.

Many males do not seek help for these eating disorders, because it is tagged as a ‘female issue'. More medically evidence-based research will hopefully remove the stigma, so that men as women can receive the necessary medical and psychiatric interventions to treat this debilitating illness.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram


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