Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research

Mission Statement

Brain Imaging and Eating Disorders from Jane Cawley on Vimeo.

Science in the Service of Improving the Treatments for Eating Disorders

There is a growing understanding of how powerful brain processes contribute to behaviors that create and sustain anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Such knowledge has resulted in court rulings, such as a recent New Jersey case, that have classified eating disorders as a biologically based brain disorder. In turn, this has compelled insurance companies to cover eating disorders in the same way they pay for physical illnesses. However, relatively little has been done to apply new understanding of biology to develop more effective treatment. The ED program at UCSD is an international leader in employing new treatments based on science and research into the neurobiology of AN and BN. The following are examples of how we are using this new knowledge to provide better treatment for you: