The study was authored by Ana Ghenciulescu, Rebecca Park, and Philip Burnet.
A team at the University of California, San Francisco conducted the largest randomized clinical trial of refeeding approaches.
The results were established by the examination of 64 female participants with anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder.
Their findings involved 71 adult participants with obsessive-compulsive disorder and 61 with anorexia nervosa.
Researchers have found that the brain's response to taste stimuli is linked to high anxiety and a drive for thinness that could play a role in driving anorexia nervosa.