Special needs children and binge eating disorder

What Is A Binge Eating Disorder-ADHD Children High Risk For Binge Eating

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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.


Binge Disorder


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?


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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


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Binge Eating Disorder Treatment


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Behavioral Weight-Loss Programs


ADHD Risks


  • 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?


Resources & Help




  • wildfind says:

    In “normal” first world humans binge eating is associated with a specific emotional lack and absence of something. The human is trying to fill the void with something. It can be alcohol, drugs, food, sex, anything. Binge eating is has the same characteristics associated with addiction. Addiction is also the act of filling a void in their life with a tangible item.
    Every void differs and the way chosen to fill the void also differs from person to person.
    With that said, these adhd children that are binge eating are filling an emotional void. There is no need for scientific studies, or over complicating the issue. Find the void and fill it with healthy choices like sports, chess, board games, stories, friends, or best yet awesome life experiences. Fill the gap while gently offering healthier alternatives to filling the gap other then food.
    Also may I say all first world people need to watch what they eat but children with adhd really need to be careful with the foods in their bodies as the additives will really affect their brains seemingly more so then the average child. Amazing breakthroughs have happened once the child was taken off of dairy, and sugar. Parents seemingly would exclaim that after one year of no sugar or dairy or processed foods it was like they finally got their child back. Good luck to you!

    • admin says:

      Thank You Windfind,

      I appreciate you taking the time to share with me and my other readers,I agree with what you have shared about the chemicals being a major factor in these children. Binge eating is an addiction to food, it is a serious major addiction and just as harmful to these kids as drugs or alcohol.


  • Gisele G says:

    This is a very interesting article. Thank you for explaining this concept so well. My brother is severely autistic and has ADHD symptoms, but luckily he doesn’t seem to binge eat. It’s good to know about this though. I hope more people would learn about this, because I have noticed that a lot of disabled youth are overweight; I didn’t know it was a known fact that they are prone to binge eating.
    I hope something can be done about this ~

    • admin says:

      Thank You

      I thank you for taking the time to share with my readers, I wish the best for your brother. It must be challenging for your brother with autism and some ADHD symptoms, binge eating is becoming very high with children with special needs.


  • Joel says:

    Thank you for sharing this informative topic.
    I have been watching some kids eating more than others but I had no clue about the Binge Disorder. Some parents who have such children, they think that are good eater and are pleased for that.
    Your article could make parents think what kind of foods they feed their children, and what time to feed their beloved one.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Joel,

      Binge eating disorder is becoming a problem with emotional disturbed children, this could be the reason many children are overweight today. I share the information I can with parents so they can be aware of what might be going on with their children, thank you for sharing.


  • TheTourist says:

    Hey Jack,

    I’m seriously surprised. I had no idea binge eating existed. I knew that there were people who often eat too much, but I thought it was just because they choose to eat too much. But it seems that there can be some psychological reason?

    I saw some pictures on here, and I think all of them were kids. Does this “binge eating” only happen to children or is it general for all people?

    I find this very interesting and I hope my kids never get to deal with this problem…



    • admin says:

      Thank You

      Binge eating disorders most often develop during a person’s childhood, the majority of adults with this disorder developed it during their childhood. If we can overcome this disorder during our childhood it is much easier than once we become adults, I hope your children never experience an addiction to food.


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