ADHD and Eating Disorders

Q: Can you point me to any data around any connection with disordered eating such as binge eating, overeating, bulimia, and anorexia? There doesn’t seem to be much information on this, or that I have found. I have listened to Dr.Roberto O. On various webinars. I am very interested in the H.A.E.S and Body positivity movement and wondering how the two (ADHD and HAES community) can support each other.

I am also a fan of Dr. Olivardia, and I’ve heard him speak a number of times as well.

I also heard Dr. James Greenblatt speak at the 2017 conference, and from what I can recall there is a connection between ADHD and disordered eating. Personally, I have struggled with eating and body image for years.

Your idea about combining positive body image/HAES with ADHD is a good one. And it’s something that I have attempted*** to write about a little bit on my website. And you are correct, I have not seen many resources specific to body image/eating and ADHD.

I’ve done a little of my own research, and I’ve found a few resources that helped me.

First, I’ve done a lot of reading. The books that I found most informative were these:

When Too Much Isn’t Enough – https://amzn.to/2XYLwnl

When Food is Love – https://amzn.to/2XX8b3u

Next, I would look at social support. Not to toot my own horn, but in my private group we have had numerous discussions around our relationship with food. I find that talking to other women WITH ADHD is helpful.

Last, if you are being treated for ADHD I would look toward discussing the issue with your therapist.

Here are some other articles I found:

From Dr. Olivardia on ADDitude – https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-linked-to-eating-disorders/

ADHD and Eating Disorders – https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/adhd-eating-disorders-statistics

I hope this helps. Keep in touch!

– Liz

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