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Binge eating disorder and ADHD

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 28, 2012 at 1:29 AM

I am reading about the connection of ADHD and binge eating. One would think ADHD types are fidgety and would burn more calories/energy. But folks diagnose with ADHD have higher rates of binge eating and obesity.

Do you relate?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on December 13, 2012
at 03:08 AM

I am not knowledgeable enough/professional enough to answer your question, sorry. All I have is experience working with ADHD kids.

1e9164a5a54003ac247d49c574dc7bfc

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on December 13, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Could you expound on this, or perhaps directly answer the question I have posted in regards to ADHD? Thanks!

Ec39179d4c06199471827a706adb2896

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:44 PM

I feel the same way about myself! I thought I required the medication to get through undergrad... Now that I'm in grad school, eating well, sleeping well, and exercising, I realize that I never needed that stuff at all! I think my attention is even better than my classmates! So have faith, recovery is possible. :-D

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 28, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I'm not demonizing it. You are an adult, able to make your own decisions. He was a minor and I made the decision for him, a decision I regret. If he chooses to take medication now, I would support him fully. He stopped taking it on his own around 16.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on August 28, 2012
at 01:48 AM

This describes my son perfectly. He had to eat before taking his pill or he wouldn't eat until supper time. I regret medicating him. If I only knew then what I know now...

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 28, 2012
at 01:41 AM

The diagnosis of ADHD now includes what used to be classified as ADD. "Fidgety" only describes some of those diagnosed.

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Ec39179d4c06199471827a706adb2896

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on August 28, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I don't have the time to look over the research, but I'm wondering if this might be individuals receiving medical treatment for ADHD in the form of amphetamines? Although on the medication they may be less prone to eat, once the medication has worn off there might be an overabundance of signals telling the individual to eat. Just a thought.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on August 28, 2012
at 01:48 AM

This describes my son perfectly. He had to eat before taking his pill or he wouldn't eat until supper time. I regret medicating him. If I only knew then what I know now...

Ec39179d4c06199471827a706adb2896

(242)

on September 14, 2012
at 04:44 PM

I feel the same way about myself! I thought I required the medication to get through undergrad... Now that I'm in grad school, eating well, sleeping well, and exercising, I realize that I never needed that stuff at all! I think my attention is even better than my classmates! So have faith, recovery is possible. :-D

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 28, 2012
at 08:33 AM

Again, I am not a scientist, but my gut feeling (I just love my gut feeling) tells me that both ADHD and binge eating have something to do with elevated levels of dopamine. I am sure if some of those scientists look at the amount of "free" dopamine that each person who has ADHD experiences, all that impulsiveness will make perfect sense.

Dopamine is also involved (or at least partially involved) in binge eating behavior - http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/PR_display.asp?prID=1233.

I would also suggest that the treatment for ADHD and binge eating should be geared towards balancing the levels of dopamine in the brain naturally (with food and natural activities) rather than chemically altering it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 13, 2012
at 03:08 AM

I am not knowledgeable enough/professional enough to answer your question, sorry. All I have is experience working with ADHD kids.

1e9164a5a54003ac247d49c574dc7bfc

(396)

on December 13, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Could you expound on this, or perhaps directly answer the question I have posted in regards to ADHD? Thanks!

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743c6f14bdff360777531b6d16a5d4e0

on August 28, 2012
at 07:19 AM

Perhaps individuals with ADHD are less likely to take time to consider their dietary habits and thus may make more impulsive choices when it comes to what they binge on? Just a thought!

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on August 28, 2012
at 01:57 AM

@Mathgirl No regrets. At 30 years old, I still use Adderall. I'm very strict paleo; crossfit, strength train, and muay thai 3-5 times a week. I'm extremely healthy and fit, and while paleo has helped me immensely, I still find that I need adderall occasionally to concentrate. I take very low dosages (5mg) only when my work load gets excessive and I can't afford to burn the time it takes for me to finally concentrate and accomplish my work. Perhaps it's because I started taking it at an early age (roughly 13yo), but I've cycled off it for extended periods of time, and when I'm on it I can see things clearly and work effectively. (Marijuana has a similar effect on me.) Paleo is phenomenal for my body and mind, but I know that adderall is a positive supplement for me, and it never interfered with my personality or me discovering who I am (which was a long journey with many twists and turns). Don't demonize it. Your son will find his way.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on August 28, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I'm not demonizing it. You are an adult, able to make your own decisions. He was a minor and I made the decision for him, a decision I regret. If he chooses to take medication now, I would support him fully. He stopped taking it on his own around 16.

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