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Both subjective and behavioral aspects of meals are disturbed in eating disorders. The behavioral neuroscience of eating has begun to contribute to understanding these problems. For example, patients with Bulimia Nervosa eat larger than normal meals under laboratory conditions; ingested food is less satiating than normal for these patients, and the decreased satiety is related to decreased CCK secretion.

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Nori Geary

See also: Neurotransmitters

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