The following is based on an article published in Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The AAN is an association of more than 14,500 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to improving patient care through education and research.
Researchers have discovered a new eating disorder in which some patients with right anterior brain lesions suddenly become compulsively addicted to thinking about and eating fine food. The condition, now known as Gourmand syndrome, is a rare benign eating disorder strongly linked to damage of the right hemisphere of the brain, said neurologist Theodor Landis, MD, of Geneva, Switzerland, co-author of the study. Abnormal changes in the structure of the brain, such as stroke, tumors, and seizures are some of the causes of these lesions. This strange eating behavior does not correspond to any known category of eating disorders.
Thanks to Theodor Landis and all the subjects, researchers, analysts, sponsors, and donors who made the study possible; the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) for publishing the study; Google for helping me find a summary of the study; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, text, and links in this post.