A research was recently published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings journal and the observations are thought-provoking to say the least. The new study links childhood ADHD to adult obesity.
ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder for people of young age. It is basically a condition that makes it difficult for children to focus on various tasks, stay still, pay attention to what is happening around them or to control their behavior.
It is estimated that there are around 6.4 million children suffering from ADHD in America, the disorder having experienced a rapid increase over the years.
What the researchers concluded was that children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have a higher chance of developing obesity during their lifetime.
As far as females with childhood ADHD are concerned, they have a high risk of developing obesity during both childhood and adulthood. Regardless of what stimulant medication they may take to treat ADHD, the situation remains the same.
Health scientists highlight the importance of this correlation, encouraging parents of children suffering from ADHD to take preventive measures to diminish the risk of obesity. The authors suggest to engage them in an active lifestyle and encourage them to adopt healthy eating habits.
The researchers raised a signal to health care providers, by saying that from now on they will need to pay a closer attention to this association, which can be found in their patients.
The investigation involved 336 people, born between 1976-1982, all suffering from childhood ADHD, which were later matched with 665 subjects of the same age and sex, but who were not suffering from ADHD. The researchers gathered information regarding the subjects’ weight, height and treatments from medical records spanning 34 years.
This represents the first population-based longitudinal study which examines the connection between ADHD and adult obesity. According to Dr. Seema Kumar, the lead author of this study, it is possible that the same brain irregularities that trigger ADHD could also provoke eating disorders, which is why the scientists wanted to investigate the two and see if the correlation can be verified.
In the last three decades, the incidence of obesity has increased substantially. Globally there are around 600 million obese people and in the United States the picture is not very optimistic, with over one third of adults considered obese.
Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and various forms of cancer, which are some of the main causes of preventable death.
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