Areas of Study With Anorexia
Other studies are investigating the neurobiology of emotional and social behavior relevant to anorexia and the neuroscience of feeding behavior.
Scientists have learned that both appetite and energy expenditure are regulated by a highly complex network of nerve cells and molecular messengers called neuropeptides. These and future discoveries will provide potential targets for the development of new pharmacologic treatments for anorexia.
Further insight is likely to come from studying the relationship between gonadal steroids and anorexia. Their relevance to the eating disorder is suggested by:
- The apparent link between gender and eating disorders
- Their emergence at puberty or soon after
- The increased risk for eating disorders among girls with an early onset of menstruation.