Dysfunctional Eating Patterns of Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Shirley Hershko*, Anna Aronis, Adina Maeir, Yehuda Pollak

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine whether adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in students is associated with overeating or with unhealthy food choices. Sixty university students with and without ADHD, aged 20 to 30 years, completed the Food Frequency Questionnaire and reported their height and weight. Students with ADHD had a higher body mass index compared with students without ADHD. Although participants in both groups consumed similar amounts of servings, calories, and nutrients, students with ADHD reported lower healthy/unhealthy food consumption ratio. These findings suggest that ADHD in students is not associated with general overeating, but with a biased proportion of unhealthy versus healthy food consumption.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)870-874
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume206
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018

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Keywords

  • ADHD
  • BMI
  • eating patterns
  • obesity
  • students

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