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ADHD Children at Greater Risk of Being Overweight

Researchers from Brown Medical School analyzed data from more than 62,000 children to determine if there were any connections between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and being overweight or childhood obesity. They found that the greatest risk exists among children whose ADHD was not being treated.
"...ADHD patients who were not being treated with medication were 1.5 times more likely to be overweight than children without the disorder. The risk for ADHD among those who were currently receiving medications was only about 0.5 times higher."
Researchers speculate that the poor behavioral regulation and impulsivity that accompany ADHD are the most likely contributors to subsequent health issues. The study's results emphasize the importance of having ADHD properly diagnosed and treated. Source: Reuters

Labels: dual_diagnosis, overweight, childhood_obesity

Posted By: Aspen Education Group