Scientists Uncover Possible Neural Link Between Early Life Trauma and Binge-Eating Disorder
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Nearly 3 percent of Americans suffer from binge-eating disorder at some point their lifetimes, and of them, more than eight in 10 survived childhood abuse, neglect, or other trauma.
Now, a Virginia Tech scientist has identified how early life trauma may change the brain to increase the risk of binge eating later in life.
Research led by principal investigator Sora Shin, an assistant professor with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, revealed how a pathway in the brain that typically provides signals to stop eating may be altered by early life trauma.
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