While the link between ADHD and eating disorders is still being explored, scientists and psychologists have found definite connections between them. And if you take a closer look at the two conditions, you can see how they could be related—mostly because of the effect ADD has on central cognitive capacity. Many people with ADD struggle to implement the executive regulation that allows for organization and achievement of long-term goals. This impact is one reason people with ADD also struggle with conditions such as depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and relationship conflicts.
The most common eating disorders associated with ADD are binge eating, compulsive overeating, anorexia (self-starvation), and bulimia (bingeing and purging). And there are some key elements of ADD that may influence its link to unhealthy eating habits: