Kids with ADHD more likely to be obese
Children diagnosed with ADHD at eight had significantly higher odds of being obese and less physically active at age 16. This new study was reported by visiting Professor Alina Rodriguez and colleagues from Imperial College London in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Binge eating was not a cause.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson
The authors believe that a lack of physical activity might be a key factor for increased weight in ADHD teenagers and that more physical activity could improve their behaviour problems and weight. Unasked and unanswered is why these symptoms occur? Levinson’s research indicating an inner-ear dysfunction in ADHD would explain why physical activity helps ADHD. Because of impaired concentration, some with ADHD become addicted to, or over- focused with, TV or computer games and thus remain sedentary. Others may avoid social interactions whereas many may experience difficulty with group sports and related activities. It is very important to determine the specific mechanisms/child responsible for both their weight gain and/or inactivity as well as how medicated children do.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.
By Harold Levinson
Source: N. Khalife et al, ‘Childhood Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms are Risk
Factors for Obesity and Physical Inactivity in Adolescence’, Journal of the American Academy of
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2014.01.009 http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/lifestyle/archives/2014/03/20140304-094212.html
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