Bulimia and ADHD: Is Your Daughter At Risk for an Eating Disorder?

Impulsive adolescent girls, particularly ones with ADHD, are especially prone to eating disorders like bulimia. Here’s what parents should know — and do.


Filed Under: Comorbid Conditions with ADD, Teens and Tweens with ADHD
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Bulimia is a common comorbid condition of ADHD in teen girls. © istockphoto.com/abimages

Your daughter is getting better grades, and she no longer argues — every day, at least — about taking ADHD medication.

Life is good. But your parental radar has detected a potential problem: Lately, she seems to be eating more — a lot more — from soup and salad to dessert. She’s always loved potato chips, cookies, and cherry Twizzlers, but you’ve been noticing a few too many empty bags and wrappers in the kitchen garbage can. And yet, she isn’t gaining weight. You’re concerned.

Is there a link between the incidence of eating disorders and adolescents who have ADHD? Keep reading to see what research has shown, and learn at-home strategies for parents and daughters.

Next: Bulimia Basics


This article comes from the Summer 2009 issue of ADDitude.

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