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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Eating Behaviors

“Hey! You Stole My Food!” Abnormal Eating Behaviors in Frontotemporal Dementia

Source: SISSA.
Frontotemporal dementia is associated with a wide variety of abnormal eating behaviors such as hyperphagia, fixations on one kind of food, and even the ingestion of inanimate objects. A new study by SISSA researchers pays particular attention to the brain mechanisms involved in these usual eating habits. The findings may be used to better understand eating disorders in healthy people.
The study was published in the journal Neurocase.
The “Banana lady” described by Andrew Kertesz (“The Banana Lady and Other Stories of Curious Behavior and Speech,” 2006) ate only bananas and drank liter and liter of milk every day. She continually asked her husband to make sure that there was always enough milk and bananas in the house. After her death, brain analysis confirmed her doctors’ diagnosis: the woman was suffering from frontotemporal dementia. Alterations in eating behavior are so frequent in this disease that they are factored into the diagnosis./.../

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