Brain scans of children ages 9-10 with binge eating disorder showed differences in gray matter density compared to their unaffected peers, according to a study led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

The disorder, which affects about 3-5% of the U.S. population, is characterized by frequent episodes of compulsively eating large amounts of food. The study’s findings suggest that abnormal development in the brain’s centers for reward and inhibition may play a role.

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