Binge eating in children correlated to ADHD

• April 23, 2015

Recent findings in the International Journal of Eating Disorders suggest a common biological mechanism linking ADHD and an eating disorder—a loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES)—akin to impulsive binge eating.
Lead researcher Reinblatt and her colleagues found that the odds of having LOC-ES were 12 times higher for children diagnosed with ADHD. Furthermore, those who were overweight or obese and had LOC-ES had seven times the odds of also having ADHD, compared with overweight or obese children without LOC-ES. The researchers also found that the odds of having LOC-ES climbed with incremental increases in scores on two different tests for impulsivity.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, his clinical research had always demonstrated a correlation between varied eating disorders and ADHD in both children and adults. Moreover, impulsivity mechanisms best explained uncontrolled eating or bulimic symptoms. As a result, this new important study validating the above clinical findings opens the possibility of finding better therapies for both impulsivity and its corresponding symptoms.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:

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