May 21, 2013

Poor Impulse Control the Key

1 ADHD Kids More Likely to Be Obese As Adults

NYU researchers who followed 222 males for an average 33 years found that those with ADHD as children were twice as likely to be overweight or obese as adults. Specifically, the ADHD boys had an average BMI of 30 and an obesity rate of 41.4 percent in adulthood, compared to 27.6 and 21.6 percent for those who'd never had ADHD. The implications for long-term obesity are grave, ADHD being the most common mental health issue in children aged 3 to 17. Possible explanations: common ADHD symptoms include a lack of impulse control, inattention to details, and poor planning skills, which could translate into unhealthy eating habits, binge eating, aberrant eating patterns and sneak-eating as adults. Parents of ADHD boys are urged to monitor their consumption of fast food and fried foods.

More at Vitals.nbcnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Dietary Restrictions May Help Kids with ADHD

Tags: ADHD, ADHD and Obesity, ADHD Leads to Overweight, ADHD and Weight Control

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