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ADHD and Eating Disorders Treatment and Nutrition Therapy in the St. Louis Area, Missouri, and Illinois

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Provide Counseling for Patients with ADHD struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge-Eating Disorder, and Disordered Eating.

Why do people with ADHD struggle with eating?

People with ADHD can have a complex relationship with food. This is primarily because of impulsivity, sensory sensitivity, hyperactivity, and distractibility. Addressing these issues with a registered dietitian can give the needed guidance for the parent or individual struggling. As dietitians, and experts in the intersection of ADHD and eating disorders, we can offer ideas for structured meal times and create a supportive eating environment.

We provide online and in-person nutrition counseling as well as family-based treatment to give support to families, parents, and caregivers of those struggling with ADHD and eating disorders. Our outpatient eating disorder treatment program and recovery coaching can keep you or your loved one on track to healing and sustained recovery.

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Is there a link between ADHD and eating disorders?

While the dynamic between these two behaviors can be multifaceted, there is certainly a link between the two. Research has shown that ADHD is most commonly linked to bulimia and binge eating disorder. Keep in mind that not everyone with ADHD will develop disordered eating behaviors; however, they are more at risk.

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What are the most common eating disorders with ADHD?

The most common eating disorders with ADHD are binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa
 

  • Binge Eating Disorder:  This is a complex, serious disorder characterized by feeling out of control when eating and consuming much larger quantities of food than usual. 

  • Bulimia Nervosa:  This is characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large amounts of food over a short period of time (bingeing) and unhealthy compensatory behaviors. 

The symptoms between ADHD and these disorders tend to overlap. This can include low self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, genetic and environmental factors as well as body image concerns.

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What can nutrition therapy do for ADHD and eating disorders?

Meeting with a registered dietitian who specializes in these two disorders can assist in navigating underlying nutritional factors that may be present. Medical nutrition therapy includes:

  • Assessing dietary patterns.

  • Assessing nutritional status.

  • Developing personalized meal plans to support overall health.

  • Educating on the importance of balanced nutrition for managing ADHD symptoms.

  • Identifying how medication might be affecting wellness, gut health, and the relationship with food.

  • Providing strategies for meal planning and preparation.

  • Collaborating with the healthcare team to address underlying nutritional deficiencies or imbalances.

A dietitian within our practice can help with recommendations that offer a balanced diet without feeling restricted, working to regulate blood sugar levels, and identify food sensitivities.

Our Team of Dietitian Nutritionists and  Eating Disorder Specialists in the Greater St. Louis Area

Branz Nutrition Counseling is a team of certified eating disorder dietitians who provide compassionate care to those struggling with their relationship to food. Our approach is weight-inclusive, LGBTQIA+, and social justice-oriented, which means that we believe that everyone deserves access to quality care. 

 

We can't wait to meet you!

With locations in Illinois and Missouri, we offer both virtual and in-person counseling sessions. And, we are licensed to provide Telehealth nutrition therapy to  patients around the country.

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We see clients in person in the St. Louis area, Missouri, Illinois, and from around the country via Telehealth. Learn more here.

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What service do you need? Schedule a 15-minute discovery call, free of charge. It is a great way for a dietitian on our team to get to know you and your unique needs.

Meet with your Personal Dietitian

Be paired with the dietitian nutritionist on our team and get continued support with one of our online groups. One-on-one counseling, in-person, or virtual. WE TAKE INSURANCE!

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Heal your relationship with food and your body. Choose the best foods for your unique needs. Get the tools you need to live a healthy life. Receive continued support.

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