Taking ADHD Drugs as a Child Linked to Later Obesity

ADHD children predisposed to weight gain months after stopping stimulants

New Johns Hopkins University research published in the journal of Pediatrics indicates that ADHD children gain weight months and years after stopping stimulants. Moreover, the younger the children were when they were prescribed the medications, notes Dr. Brian Schwartz, the more they gained weight as teens. The same held true for those who took the drugs for longer periods of time.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson

This surprising and puzzling finding suggests a rethinking of stimulant meds until this weight mechanism is more clearly understood. Although height was known to decrease with similar treatment, it appeared dose related and reversible.

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 Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.

By Harold Levinson

 

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Source: http://time.com/25544/taking-adhd-drugs-as-a-child-linked-to-later-obesity/

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About Dr. Harold Levinson
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. For more information, call 1(800) 334-7323 or visit: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com

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