You stole my food! Eating alterations in frontotemporal dementia

Marilena Aiello, Vincenzo Silani, Raffaella I. Rumiati

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ABSTRACT: Patients with different types of dementia may exhibit pathological eating habits, including food fads, hyperphagia, or even ingestion of inanimate objects. Several findings reveal that such eating alterations are more common in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) than other types of dementia. Moreover, eating alterations may differ between the two variants of the disease, namely the behavioral variant and semantic dementia (SD). In this review, we summarized evidences regarding four areas: eating and body weight alterations in FTD, the most common assessment methods, anatomical correlates of eating disorders, and finally, proposed underlying mechanisms. An increasing understanding of the factors that contribute to eating abnormalities may allow first, a better comprehension of the clinical features of the disease and second, shed light on the mechanism underlying eating behaviors in the normal population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-409
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2016


  • body weight
  • eating disorders
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • hyperorality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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