Mental & Behavioral Health

The Relationship between ADHD and Eating, Obesity and Eating Disorders

May 4, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School

Webinar Description
Research and clinical data have demonstrated that people with ADHD are at higher risk for obesity, as well as clinical eating disorders like bulimia and binge eating. This presentation will provide an in-depth look at the clinical features of ADHD and various eating disorders and body image problems. The neurobiological, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional factors that predispose those with ADHD to obesity or develop eating disorders will be reviewed. Even when ADHD is recognized, it is often not considered as a significant part of the treatment plan for patients. The importance of identifying and treating ADHD will be discussed, as well as ADHD-specific treatment obstacles, implications, and recommendations for implementing healthy eating habits.

About the Speaker
Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  He also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Olivardia is an active researcher.  He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in males.  He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude Magazine, a publication serving the needs of individuals with ADHD and Learning Disabilities, as well as sits on the Professional Advisory Boards for Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and is a Featured Expert for Understood.  He presents at many conferences, podcasts and webinars around the country.  

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