Unfortunately, eating disorders are fairly common in Australia. Around 16% of the Australian population from an eating disorder or have disordered eating habits according to Eating Disorders Victoria. This figure highlights the severity of eating disorders in Australia. Recently, new research on the brain has uncovered some interesting facts on eating disorders.
Our Director, Jodie Brenton and principal psychologist at Life Resolutions, Mary Magalotti believes that education on eating disorders is important. Additionally, the team at Life Resolutions are committed to staying up to date on new research regarding psychology and mental health.
The U.S National Institute of Health (NIH) conducted research to further understand how the brain reacts to disordered eating. The research focused specifically on binge-eating disorders and how the brain reacts to food. Using brain imaging techniques, the NIH was able to gather data on how the brain reacts to food and binge-eating habits.
What is Binge Eating
Binge eating disorder is the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder, making up 47% of eating disorder diagnoses. Binge eating disorder is a mental illness characterised by eating an excessive amount of food, which may take place in a rapid space of time or grazing over an extended period of time. These episodes can feel distressing and chaotic.
The NIH found that the brain’s reward response process alters the neuron circuits responsible for food intake. Due to these changes, the brain reinforces binge eating behaviours, increasing the chance of the action of eating to occur again. These results give psychologists a greater understanding of what is happening to the brain’s biology in those with an eating disorder. Therefore, practitioners now have more information about how and when to intervene with disordered eating.
Eating Disorder Services
There is a range of services available to those concerned about eating or eating disorders. Mary Magalotti and the team at Life Resolutions provide eating disorder counselling. Visit our website to find out more about our services, bookings and our psychologists. You and also enquire over the phone.