Your Healthy Family

Mar 18, 2014 6:31 PM by Annie Snead, NBC

Your Healthy Family: ADHD and Obesity

A new study out of Johns Hopkins University suggests children who are treated with stimulants for ADHD have an increased risk for obesity.
Researchers studied the medical records of more than 150,000 children in Pennsylvania.
They found kids with ADHD who were treated with stimulants maintained a steady weight as young kids, but experienced accelerated weight gain as teens.
The earlier stimulants were started, the stronger this effect.
Researchers say stimulant use, not the ADHD itself, may be the cause of weight gain.
However, they say more studies are needed.


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