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ADHD and Impulsive Eating

"Just as adults with ADHD may struggle to understand what people are saying, they may also misinterpret what their bodies are telling them. They mistake feeling upset or bored for hunger."

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  1. This is a damaging article that is not well thought out. It is poorly researched and clearly misses the mark.

    over-eating does not necessarily lead to obesity. There are many people that over-eat or have binge eating disorder. Telling them to lose weight could cause them to purge. telling them to exercise could cause them to over exercise. Both of which are forms of bulemia.

    Being overweight in itself is not a metric of health. Measured by BMI, individuals who have higher muscle mass will fall into overweight or obese categories. There is no need to tell people who are overweight to lose weight unless you know that they have jealth issues. This article wasn’t aimed at those people.

    Overeating can also be an addiction. Telling anyone with any addiction to “just stop” (which is basically what this article suggested by not keeping binge worthy foods in the house) is reductive at best, dangerous at worst.

    ADHD has a huge number of comorbid conditions. Addiction and eating disorders being among them. Please review this article.

    1. I agree. While the backbones of this article are sound, I believe the most important thing that’s missing from this article is compassion. The way it’s written, this article oversimplifies matters and is written too much in line with our cultural beliefs, which are incredibly damaging to everyone, particularly to those with ADHD. Nobody is perfect. Perfectionism is practically a symptom of ADHD, and we use it to beat ourselves mercilessly until we crash.

      People with ADHD naturally learn not to value themselves. This is what underlies all our problems. We need to start there if we want to improve our lives.

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