Obesity again tied to mental and emotional imbalances

Obesity again tied to mental and emotional imbalances

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are twice as likely to be obese as adults.

We know that gut health impacts your emotions.  We also know that drugs damage your gut health and raise the risk of obesity.  Could it be the drugs themselves?

“Few studies have focused on long-term outcomes for patients diagnosed with ADHD in childhood.  In this study, we wanted to assess the health outcomes of children diagnosed with ADHD, focusing on obesity rates and Body Mass Index.  Our results found that even when you control for other factors often associated with increased obesity rates such as socioeconomic status, men diagnosed with ADHD were at a significantly higher risk to suffer from high BMI and obesity as adults”
Dr Francisco Xavier Castellanos, Brooke and Daniel Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Study Center at NYU Langone.

This new research on over 200 men followed for 33-years has clearly found – even when other factors are removed – that men diagnosed as children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were twice as likely to be obese. 

  • ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders, often diagnosed in childhood and lasting into adulthood
  • ADHD drugs come with a warning about appetite suppression

Study by Castellanos FX, et al “Obesity in men with childhood ADHD: a 33-year controlled, prospective follow-up study” by researchers at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, as published in the May 20, 2013 online edition of Pediatrics 2013; 131(6): e1731-e1738; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-0540.  As reported by Science Codex and MedPage Today on May 20, 2013.


Posted: Sunday 26 May 2013