Special Needs Children
Special needs children are known to be picky eaters, but did you know children with ADHD are a high risk for the binge eating disorder? There is no medical reason why there is a connection between this disorder and binge eating, even more interesting is the majority of the medications these children are prescribed causes them to lose weight not gain weight. This eating disorder is also known as compulsive eating, many of the children who binge eat are emotional eaters as well.
Children with this disorder most often eats more than their bodies require to be healthy, a common characteristic is the children often eat very quickly. Many eat when emotionally upset, eating while doing things they enjoy such as online games is a common habit for these kids. Of course most of these kids are over-weight, the majority of these children admit they often eat when they are not hungry. Why are children with ADHD at a higher risk for becoming addicted to food is unknown?
Why ADHD Children
The medical field has no explanation for the connection between these two disorders, they do feel this develops from a combination of factors. The child’s family genes is one factor believed to link these children to binge eating, another factor is biological reasons. Children with ADHD often experiences low serotonin levels, serotonin affects your mood and compulsive behavior habits.
Symptoms Of Binge Eating Disorder
- Binge Eating At Least Once Per Week For Three Consistent Months
- Eating More Quickly Than Normal
- Eating Until Uncomfortably Full
- Consuming Large Amounts Of Food When Not Even Hungry
- Prefer To Dine Alone
- Emotionally Upset After Eating
Binge Eating Disorder Treatment
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Behavioral Weight-Loss Programs
- These Children Are Significantly Higher Risk Than Other Special Needs Children
- Suspected Link Between ADHD And Loss Of Control Appetite & Food Consumption
- Binge Eating Disorder Found To Be Twelve Times Higher For Children With ADHD
What Is on My Mind Today?
I find it odd children with the disorder ADHD are such a higher risk than other special needs children, it will be interesting one day if the medical field ever figures out the connection between these two disorders. This eating disorder usually develops during the child’s early childhood, could their disabilities which are causing them to be different have anything to do with their connection to being emotional eaters? Many special needs children who attend public schools are bullied and abused by the other students, I wonder if children who are home schooled develop this eating disorder as well?
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