Monday, January 3, 2011

ADHD and Obesity

According to this article, there may be a link between kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and obesity. This connection seems a bit odd to me. If the person is hyperactive and can't sit still, wouldn't they burn more calories than the average person? I guess not according to this study. Maybe that is too simple of an explanation.

FROM NBC: Children with symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be at higher risk for obesity later in life. Researchers at Duke University say it's not an ADHD diagnosis that appears to predict obesity, it's the symptoms -- like inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

They found as the number of symptoms increased, so did the risk of future obesity. Hyperactivity and impulsiveness were the most influential risk factors -- with a 63-percent increase in obesity rates when kids had just one of these symptoms. Researchers say these findings could be the key to understanding why people who struggle with regulating their impulses are prone to obesity.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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