Study shows risk of obesity increased in boys with ADHD

From a cohort of 200 white eight-year-old boys with ADHD, researchers were able to assess around half at the age of 41 years and to compare them with age-matched adults with no history of ADHD recruited at age 18.

Twice as many of the men who had past ADHD had high BMI or obesity compared to men without childhood ADHD (41.4% vs 21.6%).

Anxiety or depressive disorders did not explain the association, the US-based researchers said.

“The long-term risk for obesity should be considered when managing children with ADHD,