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How can ADHD affect your eating habits and make you gain weight?

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Many ADHD symptoms can keep you from eating healthy.

  • If you can’t plan ahead well, it can be hard to have time for low-calorie, healthy meals or exercise.
  • Trouble focusing can distract you from choosing wisely at a restaurant or supermarket, or from cooking a healthy meal at home.
  • Lack of attention can keep you from realizing you're full.
  • Trouble managing stress can lead to emotional eating.
  • If you don’t like being bored, you might eat when you have nothing else to do.

SOURCES:

ADDitude: "ADHD, Impulsive Eating, and Weight Gain," "Are You 'Chemically Wired' to Gain Weight?" "Lose Weight -- Without Losing Your Mind," "What to Do When Your Child Never Feels Like Eating."

Cleveland Clinic: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Stimulant Therapy."

Clinical Pediatrics : "Excessive Weight Gain With Guanfacine: 16.1 Kilograms in 12 Months."

Current Psychiatry Reports : "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obesity: Update 2016."

Mayo Clinic: "Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Symptoms and causes," "Antidepressants and weight gain: What causes it?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines."

Pediatrics : "Attention deficit disorder, stimulant use, and childhood body mass index trajectory."

Scientific Reports : "Associations among ADHD, Abnormal Eating and Overweight in a non-clinical sample of Asian children."

Yale University: "ADHD and Obesity."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

ADDitude: "ADHD, Impulsive Eating, and Weight Gain," "Are You 'Chemically Wired' to Gain Weight?" "Lose Weight -- Without Losing Your Mind," "What to Do When Your Child Never Feels Like Eating."

Cleveland Clinic: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Stimulant Therapy."

Clinical Pediatrics : "Excessive Weight Gain With Guanfacine: 16.1 Kilograms in 12 Months."

Current Psychiatry Reports : "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obesity: Update 2016."

Mayo Clinic: "Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Symptoms and causes," "Antidepressants and weight gain: What causes it?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines."

Pediatrics : "Attention deficit disorder, stimulant use, and childhood body mass index trajectory."

Scientific Reports : "Associations among ADHD, Abnormal Eating and Overweight in a non-clinical sample of Asian children."

Yale University: "ADHD and Obesity."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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