I stumbled across a very interesting article on ADD-ADHD Coach and expert Pete Quily`s site called Girls And Women With ADHD Have Higher Rates of Anorexia Nervosa, Here Are Some Reasons Why. Thought is was very insightful and that it should be shared.
Girls with ADHD were 2.7 times more likely to develop Anorexia Nervosa a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics showed. This post will show that girls and women with ADHD have higher rates of Anorexia Nervosa and explain some of the reasons why. Anorexia isn’t a “trend” for some models/actresses/singers its a serious eating disorder and a mental health condition where people starve themselves /exercise to try and maintain a weight far below what’s normal for their age & weight. Girls and women with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have higher rates of ALL eating disorders.
• Women with ADHD had higher rates of past Anorexia and Bulimia, and past and current panic disorder says a study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.
• Girls with ADHD have 5.6 times higher rates of Bulimia Nervosa than controls according to a study in The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
• 8% of girls with ADHD-Combined had engaged in at least one DSM-IV defined binge eating episode in the last year …relative to 0% of girls with ADHD-Inattentive and comparison girls. Study in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
People with ADHD also have higher rates of obesity. 26.7 % of severely obese women had Adult ADHD, more than 5 times larger then the regular population a study in the journal Eating Weight Disorders showed. They had problems with impulsivity, distractibility, attention and staying focused. Several other studies have showed the links between obesity and ADHD . A study in the Journal of Abnormal psychology showed the links between eating disorders and ADHD. To read the original article on Pete Quily`s site, click here