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Childhood ADHD Increases Risk of Adult Obesity

The study, “Obesity in Men with Childhood ADHD: A 33-Year Controlled, Prospective, Follow-up Study,” in the June 2013 issue of Pediatrics (published online May 20) found that men with childhood ADHD are twice as likely to experience higher BMI and obesity rates in adulthood than men without childhood ADHD.

The authors speculate that one of the reasons for the correlation between the diagnosis of ADHD in childhood and increased risk of obesity later in life is a lack of impulse control and poor planning skills, symptoms often associated with ADHD. This could lead to poor eating habits and food choices. Inability to maintain a regular eating pattern also could be a cause. The study found that socioeconomic status and whether the adult male had persistent, versus remittent, ADHD did not affect the outcome of increased weight status – the risk still remained.

The authors conclude that boys who are diagnosed with ADHD should be monitored for long-term risk of obesity.

 

Published
5/20/2013 12:00 AM