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TOPIC: Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood

Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood 20 May 2013 23:59 #160

Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood
Posted May 20, 2013 by Tara Haelle

Identification and treatment issues surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are challenging enough. Now research is shedding light on long-term outcomes for people with ADHD. A May 20 study in Pediatrics reports that men who had ADHD in childhood are twice as likely to be obese in middle age, even if they no longer exhibit symptoms of the disorder.

ADHD is a mental disorder characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention and inability to focus. It affects approximately 6.8 percent of U.S. children ages three to 17 in any given year, according to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Medications used to treat ADHD, such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) or Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine), are stimulants that can suppress appetite. Two recent retrospective studies, however, have pointed to a possible increased risk for obesity among adults diagnosed with ADHD as children.


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