Here at Sweet Spot Health, we the principles of Intuitive Eating and non-diet nutrition to help people get it together around food, body image and movement so that they can say a big stuff you to diet BS and develop a sustainable way to care for their health.
Hi! I’m Maddi
founder of sweet spot health
ADHD and Binge Eating: What’s the Link?

Have you ever felt like you’re in a constant tug-of-war with your eating habits? If so, you might be experiencing the often-overlooked link between ADHD and binge eating.

Research, including a study by Nazar et al. (2016), highlights that individuals with ADHD are four times more likely to be diagnosed with any eating disorder compared to those without ADHD.

ADHD is more than just a scatterbrain stereotype; it’s a multifaceted condition that can turn your relationship with food into a whirlwind of impulsive decisions and emotional escapades.

But don’t worry, you’re in good company here at Sweet Spot Health.

The Emotional Rollercoaster and Food

ADHD significantly impacts eating habits, far beyond hyperactivity. Its main feature, impulsiveness, often leads to spur-of-the-moment food decisions, while emotional regulation can feel like navigating through a storm, often ending in seeking comfort in food.

Feeling overwhelmed by guilt and shame post-binge? We understand. Importantly, this cycle can be broken.

A Personal Touch

I’ve personally navigated the choppy waters of ADHD and binge eating.

As a fellow neurodivergent person with ADHD, I’ve experienced first-hand the challenges of impulsivity and emotional regulation around food. My own struggle with binge eating was deeply influenced by these aspects of ADHD. In fact, ADHD has been most often associated with conditions like bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder (Fernandez-Aranda, 2013; Nazar et al., 2016).

My journey was riddled with impulsive food choices and emotional eating. Sharing these experiences, I want to assure you that finding a balanced and sweet relationship with food is not just possible but achievable, and I’m here to show you how.

The Science Behind the Struggle

Research backs up this experience. A study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders found a significant link between ADHD and eating disorders, noting that impulsivity and poor emotional regulation in ADHD individuals often lead to disordered eating behaviours.

Nazar et al. (2016) also found that almost 30% of women seeking treatment from a weight-loss clinic were individuals with ADHD, indicating a significant prevalence of the condition in those struggling with disordered eating.

This research helps us understand why strategies that address both impulsivity and emotional coping are crucial for those with ADHD navigating binge eating.

Sweet Spot Health’s Playbook for Breaking Free from Binge Eating

Our approach at Sweet Spot Health is grounded in the realities of living with ADHD and its impact on eating habits. Here’s how we tackle it:

Mindful Eating: A Game Changer

Mindful eating is not just a trendy concept; it’s a transformative practice. It involves being fully present during meals, recognising hunger and fullness cues, and relishing the experience of eating. For someone impulsive, this is a powerful tool to slow down and make intentional choices.

Emotions: Handle with Care

Handling emotions is a big deal here. It’s about acknowledging those feelings without letting them drive you to the nearest snack. We’re talking strategies like deep breaths, journaling, or whatever helps you navigate those emotional waves.

These tools help in understanding and coping with emotions in a healthy way, reducing the likelihood of turning to food for emotional solace.

Structured Yet Flexible Meal Plans

While the idea of structured meal plans might sound rigid, it’s quite the opposite. We focus on creating plans that are enjoyable and tailored to your preferences, within a framework that helps manage impulsivity.

It’s about finding a balance that works for you, where food becomes a source of nourishment and pleasure, not stress.

Your Journey to Balance Starts Here

Our style is straight-up, friendly, with a touch of sassiness on the side.

We ditch the formal jargon and get down to what really matters – helping you find a healthier, happier relationship with food. Whether you’re wrestling with ADHD, binge eating, or both, we’re here to guide you towards a place where food is a friend, not a foe.

Ready to step out of the binge eating cycle and take control?

Dive into our free four-part audio series, “Breaking the Binge,” crafted to provide practical tips, empathetic guidance, and the support you need to navigate these challenges.

Download ‘Breaking the Binge’ Today

Understanding the connection between ADHD and binge eating is key to developing effective strategies for overcoming these challenges.

At Sweet Spot Health, we combine personal experience, evidenced-based recommendations, and a down-to-earth approach to support you in finding sustainable ways to care for your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Let’s embark on this journey together and discover your sweet spot with food.


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  3. Leib, S., et al. (2019). Prevalence of ADHD in Adolescents Seeking Bariatric Surgery.
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ADHD and binge eating
Here at Sweet Spot Health, we the principles of Intuitive Eating and non-diet nutrition to help people get it together around food, body image and movement so that they can say a big stuff you to diet BS and develop a sustainable way to care for their health.
Hi! I’m Maddi
sweet spot health founder