Suzanne Mazzeo, a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, cautioned that it's still unclear why brain stimulation seems to help some -- but not all -- patients.
"Certainly, we do need more approaches. Eating disorders are very difficult problems to treat because our food environment is stacked against us, with food manufactured to be highly palatable and hard to resist," Mazzeo pointed out.
"So, overcoming any kind of emotional eating issue is going to be hard," she added. "And what we currently have for treatment is certainly not working for everyone."
But, Mazzeo noted, "in addition to ensuring the safety of this new technique and testing it for long-term maintenance, we have to be sure why it works for some and not others, so we can know who would be the most appropriate candidates for it."
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