WASHINGTON, DC – Here’s something that will make you go, “hmm…” a new study in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children with ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, are more likely to become obese as adults.
Turns out that despite the increased levels of activity commonly associated with ADHD, it’s difficulty with impulse control that leads to bad decisions in food choices as adults.
“I see a lot of people who eat impulsively,’ says Dr. Richard Pesikoff, a psychiatrist with Baylor College of Medicine, ‘so there’s an overlap, at least behaviorally, between ADHD patients, potentially, and patients who have weight or an eating disorder.”
Researchers followed boys from age eight to forty-one, half with and half without ADHD what they found was that 41% of those who had grown-up with the disorder had become obese as adults, compared to only 21% of those without.
What does that mean? That instilling healthy eating habits in your child is paramount, especially if they have ADHD.
“Healthy eating, skipping fast foods, eating broccoli and spinach and passing up the French fries and passing up the double-burgers,” Dr. Pesikoff says, can help ADHD children grow into healthy adults.
While the study only followed men, researchers believe the results would be similar in women. The good news is that teaching your child to eat right at an early age maybe all it takes to keep them off the list in the future.