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ADHD Symptoms Associated with Higher Obesity Risk

ADHD symptoms and obesity

Children with ADHD symptoms and obesity

A recent study, conducted by researchers from the Duke University Medical Center, informs that children presenting symptoms of ADHD, or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are associated with a higher obesity risk when reaching adulthood. This risk is significantly increased if the child shows three or more symptoms characteristic for ADHD. These symptoms are divided in two categories, Inattention and Hyperactivity-Impulsivity, with each category listing about 9 possible symptoms.

The study in question examined data from 15,197 teenagers followed between 1995 and 2009. Scott Kollins, one of the authors of this research, emphasizes on the importance of the symptoms:

“It’s not just the diagnosis of ADHD that matters; it’s the symptoms.”

The researches highlight that the number of ADHD symptoms is directly proportional with the increased obesity risk. The higher the number of symptoms presented by a teenager the higher the risk is of him ending up obese during adulthood. More, even those children that presented only symptoms from the Hyperactivity-Impulsivity category had an increased risk of obesity by 63%. These symptoms where also associated with increased weight gain during the passage from adolescence to adulthood.

A child needs to present a specific ADHD symptom for at least 6 months, in order to be diagnosed with it. Symptoms of inattention include difficulties in listening to directions and remaining organized, as well as seeming distracted and being forgetful. Kids who are impulsive or hyperactive may disrupt others, speak or yell when they’re not supposed to and similar stuff.

The study used data provided by the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

News from: HealthyDay News

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