ADHD and Obesity: Is There a Link?

ADHD and Obesity: Is There a Link?

January 5, 2020 4 By Bertrand Dibbert


(Image source: Wikimedia Commons / Robert
Lawton) BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
is already linked to drug and alcohol abuse later in life, but a new study links it to
obesity in adulthood as well. (Image via Wikimedia Commons / Robert Lawton) Here’s how they got there: Researchers tracked
boys with ADHD into adulthood and found, those with the disorder were two times more likely
to have a higher body mass index. To be specific — 41% of men with ADHD were
obese — compared to 22% who didn’t have the disorder. (Image via U.S. Department of
Defense) Now, the interesting thing is at first, the
study wasn’t even trying to look at a possible link between weight and ADHD. It started as
research into the brain structures of people with the disorder. Which is partly why they
don’t have much of an explanation for the link — except this hunch: Via WJBK: “This could come from impulsive
food choices and spending more time in front of screens than being out active with peers.” Still — it’s kinda surprising considering
ADHD drugs like Ritalin can suppress a child’s appetite. (Image via Wikimedia Commons / Sponge) But it’s alarming when you take into account
the latest from the CDC, which found a 16 percent increase in ADHD diagnoses since 2007,
making it among the most common mental health issues for U.S. children. There’s a dispute within the medical community
about how the disorder is being diagnosed, but that’s another story. As for the ADHD-obesity
link, the researchers say they hope it inspires parents to pay extra attention to their child’s
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