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What can you do when you have trouble controlling your urge to eat if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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If you have trouble controlling your urges to eat, one idea is to make it harder to binge. Keep chips, candy, and other junk foods out of your house. Stock your fridge and pantry with good-for-you treats like these in case you have a craving:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Carrot and celery sticks
  • Nuts
  • Cheese sticks
  • Low-fat yogurt

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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