UCLA study shows that people with anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder have similar brain abnormalities

April 18, 2015

Recent findings by Dr. Jamie D. Feusner, Wei Li, and other colleagues suggest similar abnormal brain activations in visual systems in people with anorexia nervosa as those with body dysmorphic disorder, when viewing appearance and non-appearance related stimuli. This is the first study ever to directly compare the visual processing system in the two disorders. An association between brain activation and lower ratings for attractiveness for others'  faces was also found in people with BDD. The results suggest a common phenotype of early visual system dysfunction, which may lead to perceptual distortions. For more information, please click on the link above.