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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 6, 2010

A new study discovers individuals with eating disorders have similar emotional responses when presented with virtual food as they do with real food.

In the investigation, scientists compared the responses of people with anorexia and bulimia, and a control group, to virtual and real-life snacks.

The finding that virtually presented food causes an emotional response may open new avenues for evaluation and therapy of eating disorders.

Alessandra Gorini from the Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy, worked with an international team of researchers to compare the effects of the exposure to real food, virtual food and photographs of food in a sample of patients affected by eating disorders.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/07/06/virtual-food-triggers-eating-disorder-stress/15336.html



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