Recent neurobiological findings about binge eating disorder has shown that patients, with depression as an independent variable, exhibit higher levels of harm avoidance. They search for a positive reward to cope with the negative emotions they experience. Neurobiological studies have proven that increases of dopamine in the dorsal striatum are linked to regulating emotions and eating behaviors. Also, dopamine signaling regulates pleasure and appetitive behaviors (Davis, 2012).  The strong release of dopamine can make binge eating disorder patients hypersensitive to rewards – a predisposition that is likely to foster overeating especially for carbohydrates, salty and/or sweet based foods (Davis, 2012).

With proper nutrition, time, and therapy the brain has the ability to return to a somewhat normal functioning state to have a healthy balance. Research has shown that individuals who were morbidly obese, whom appetites were voracious, the hunger center in the brain became more balanced (Carson, 2012).

There is clear evidence that the brain continually adapts and reorganizes itself through its plasticity. It’s like Silly Putty; it can create new shapes or go back to its old shape. Recent research reveals the brain’s plasticity; that the brain can actually rewire itself returning to a somewhat normal functional state after destructive or harmful changes.

Overall, for those with binge eating disorder, food is medicine. Being in supportive and loving environments, treating oneself in a loving way, and medication are all medicine too… helping the brain to change.