Can ADHD Make You Fat?

Image of a man through cubicle glass looking at his snack.Almost everyone struggles with their weight at some point in their lives. But if you have adult ADHD and are coping with symptoms, the challenge of managing your weight becomes even greater.

“Impulsivity is a key feature of ADHD, and this can cause a failure to inhibit eating behavior,” says Eric Hollander, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine and director of the Compulsive, Impulsive, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. “The final result of this tends to be overeating.”

Luckily, those with adult ADHD can manage their weight by trying a few straightforward strategies.

Seek Medical Advice

Find out from your doctor whether you need to be on medication for your ADHD, which can not only help you manage ADHD symptoms but also stick to a healthy diet, according to Dr. Hollander. One of the primary effects of ADHD medications is to decrease impulsivity, including overeating, so being on the right medication can be helpful in putting a stop to weight gain.

Plan Ahead