Picky Eating & ADHD

ADHD is a condition known as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. One diagnosed with this condition has difficulty with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. This diagnosis is usually seen in children, however, persists into adulthood. If you are diagnosed with ADHD you could have issues with self-esteem as well as relationships impacting your performance in school and work.


Picky eating is a term that describes a child who has preferences over which foods they will eat, eats a limited amount of food, and is often unwilling to try new foods.


Studies have shown that there is a link between picky eaters and psychological disorders. Most children diagnosed with picky eating display anxiety and depression. Children who are picky eaters can become overstimulated by the idea of eating in a restaurant. Some of the children can become overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and textures of the establishment whereas they feel safe and comfortable in their home.


Picky eaters can refuse to eat foods with certain textures, colors, and/or temperatures. Picky eaters can also have sensory concerns that impact their ability to tolerate a variety of foods. Where children with ADHD tend to eat foods that contain sugar. Because children with ADHD have lower dopamine, they crave sugary foods that create a surge of dopamine.


In either case, proper nutrition and consultations are recommended to help your child get on the right track. Speak to your Pediatrician first and get a referral for a Nutritionist, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Child Psychologist, or ADHD specialist.


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