BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A recent study performed by the renowned Mayo clinic revealed that young women who were diagnosed with attention deficit disorder are more likely to suffer from obesity in later life. It would seem that girls with ADHD are prone to obesity, even though they received medication.
Although the condition can be treating using stimulants, like Ritalin, it would seem that ADHD has a couple of hidden effects which are visible over an extended period of time. ADHD or attention deficit disorder is a neurological condition that mainly affects young children, with ages between 6 and 12.
Unfortunately, the medical researchers were unable to pinpoint the exact origin of this disease, or the factors involved in the development of the disease. Moreover, it would seem that the disease also like a refreshing game of hide-and-seek, because it can only be detected after 6 months from the onset.
Lately, there have been many studies on the subject of ADHD. While most of the focused on the clinical manifestation of the disease, there are others who focus on the long-term effect of ADHD.
The study in question was performed by Doctor Seema Kumar and a team of medical scientists from the Mayo Clinic’s Research Center for children’s disease. According to the summary of this study, it would seem that female subjects have higher chances of becoming obese during adulthood if they were diagnosed with ADHD as children.
In order to see if there is indeed a link between obesity and ADHD, the pediatrician and her team of medical scientists had to review the health records of over 300 children, from 1976 to 1982. A control group of 665 children was added in order to verify the results. Note that the latter group of children did not suffer from ADHD.
When elaborating their thesis, the team took into account various body factors, such as weight, BMI, height and what medication they took between 1976 and 2000.
The team’s conclusion was that girls with ADHD are prone to obesity. In fact, young girls diagnosed with ADHD have have 50 percent more chances of becoming obese in later life. Also, the results pointed out that there is no connection between ADHD and obesity in male patients. The method used to determine the link between ADHD and obesity was the Cox model, a mathematical method used to create survival models.
In the end, Kumar added that the female patients displayed this inclination towards obesity, regardless if they used stimulants or not. The study’s findings can be used in order to identify the risk factors in young girls diagnosed with ADHD and to recommend a healthier lifestyle based on healthy meals and plenty of exercise.