Link Between ADHD & Eating Disorders

Earlier this month, I wrote a post, discussing nutrition and how it can impact ADHD symptoms. With the right nutrition, some symptoms can be alleviated.

However, this is a challenge for those with ADHD and can lead to eating disorders. 

What Is an Eating Disorder?

First, I want to start by looking at what an eating disorder is.

According to the American Psychiatric Association website, reviewed by Dr. Angela Guarda, “eating disorders are behavioral conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviors and associated distressing thoughts and emotions.”

The article also mentions that eating disorders can be quite serious. When they are, it can impact the person’s physical, psychological, and social functions.

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ADHD & Eating Disorder: What the Research Says

It’s only in recent years that research has been done on the connection between ADHD and eating disorders. 

Although the research is fairly new, some findings have still come up. Here are some of them.

  • Those with ADHD are at greater risk of developing an eating disorder than their neurotypical peers. 
  • Those with ADHD seem to be at greater risk of obesity.
  • Research has found a link between ADHD and some eating disorders, but not all.
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Types of Eating Disorders Among ADHDers

As I mentioned above, a connection between ADHD and some eating disorders have been found through research. There are only a few types of eating disorders that ADHDers struggle with.

#1: Binge Eating.

Binge eating is the most common eating disorder among those with ADHD. It is described as eating a lot of food within a short amount of time, whether hungry or not. Impulsivity can make it difficult for those with ADHD to resist the urge to binge eat. 

#2: Bulimia Nervosa.

Bulimia nervosa is another type of eating disorders ADHDers may struggle with. This eating disorder is described as cycles of binge eating and purging in order to get rid of the food eaten before digestion. Those struggling with bulimia may purge by vomiting, or exercising, for instance. After binge eating, they may feel that purging is the only solution.

#3: Anorexia Nervosa.

Anorexia nervosa is described as having low body weight, restricting food, and a fear of gaining weight. At times, those with ADHD can have a stronger disgust for some foods than others may not. This can easily lead to anorexia. 

Getting the Proper Treatment

There are some different treatments available for ADHDers struggling with an eating disorder. 

For some, medication may be an option in order to help manage ADHD symptoms. Some benefit from taking medication. However, it may not be an option for all. 

Therapy can be helpful as well. It can help the individual work through issues with eating disorders, or any issue that they need help with. 

Getting the help of a nutritionist can help when it comes to food. It can be helpful to have someone to learn more about proper nutrition, manage the person’s diet, and get support from an expert. 

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