The scientific understanding of dietary effects on behavior has moved in from the fringes of respectability sufficiently to attract substantial commercial interest. Advances in nutritional and neuropsychological knowledge, experimental design, and sensitivity of measures of behavior and brain function have produced replicable findings in some areas to mollify earlier scepticism. New understanding of the impact of nutrition on brain function and of predictors of individual susceptibility has allowed reinterpretation of old data. Promising areas with encouraging developments in understanding include the interactions between macronutrients, stress, and mood disorders, and the effects of vitamins, minerals, and lipids on cognition, dementia, and psychiatric disorders. Some findings, including recent discoveries of poorly nourished sectors of the population, suggest useful interventions. Nevertheless, research in this field is at an early stage, and the coming years should bring further revelations relating to the link between diet and behavior. With industrial backing, few may escape the consequences.

See also: Appetite: Psychobiological and Behavioral Aspects. Brain and Nervous System. Caffeine. Children: Nutritional Problems. Diabetes Mellitus: Etiology and Epidemiology. Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa. Exercise: Diet and Exercise. Fatty Acids: Omega-3 Polyunsaturated; Omega-6 Polyunsaturated. Food Choice, Influencing Factors. Food Folklore. Food Intolerance. Glucose: Metabolism and Maintenance of Blood Glucose Level; Glucose Tolerance. Glycemic Index. Homocysteine. Hunger. Hyperactivity. Hypoglycemia. Iodine: Deficiency Disorders. Iron. Lipids: Composition and Role of Phospholipids. Meal Size and Frequency. Older People: Nutrition-Related Problems. Premenstrual Syndrome. Sports Nutrition. Supplementation: Dietary Supplements; Role of Micronutrient Supplementation. Vitamin E: Metabolism and Requirements.

Breaking Bulimia

Breaking Bulimia

We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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