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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

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Some Doctors Prescribing Adderall "Off Label"

Adderall is one of the most well-known and frequently-used medications for controlling symptoms associated with ADHD. As with any prescription medication, it has side effects  one of which is weight loss. Some doctors have begun prescribing Adderall to young patients who are overweight, even if they don't have ADHD.
"[Dr. Fuad] Ziai says about 90 percent of his patients on Adderall have lost weight. He credits Adderall (along with a prescription for Glucophage, a diabetes medication) with helping [children] avert diabetes."
Prescribing a medication for its side effects (like weight loss) rather for its primary use is called prescribing "off label", and is not uncommon. Though Dr. Ziai stands by his use of Adderall to treat obese children who seem unable to lose weight, others in the medical community question whether such actions are ethical. Read more at CNN.com.

Labels: medications, side_effects, childhood_obesity

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