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Study may lead to new therapies for binge eating disorder

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Treatment of eating disorders

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) psychologists have developed an animal model for the binge eating disorder, which affects an estimated one in 20 Americans. The Sprague-Dawley rat model could lead to the identification of physiological mechanisms that distinguish different types of eating disorders and to the creation of new, targeted drug therapies.

In the study, published in the April 2007 issue of the International Journal of Obesity, UAB psychologists identified rats who are predisposed to binge on large quantities of palatable food