The Link Between Obesity and... It's 3 O'clock Already!
You got it; it’s attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD, which we are comparing to obesity. It’s one strange connection, no? After a 33 year study, however, it was found that there truly does exist a link between the two, especially when it comes to male being affliction of both disorders.
What is ADHD? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is a very common neurobehavioral disorder often diagnosed in young children with symptoms lasting into adulthood. It is very common for an individual with ADHD to be unable to concentrate on one thing for very long, as well as being overly hyper and active, to the point of being unable to sit calmly when necessary.
Who is generally at a higher risk of developing the disorder? Studies point out that males are more likely than women to be diagnosed, accounting for a five percent prevalence throughout the world.
The mentioned study followed a group of men who had been diagnosed with ADHD from childhood and a group who had not, comparing their BMI and rate of obesity. What they found? According to Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone, “Few studies have focused on long-term outcomes for patients diagnosed with ADHD in childhood. In this study, we wanted to assess the health outcomes of children diagnosed with ADHD, focusing on obesity rates and Body Mass Index. Our results found that even when you control for other factors often associated with increased obesity rates such as socioeconomic status, men diagnosed with ADHD were at a significantly higher risk to suffer from high BMI and obesity as adults.”
Now, one must wonder as to why this would be the case. Doctors were not surprised with the results either, long understanding the effects of symptoms of ADHD. These include, but are not limited to, lack of impulse control and poor planning skills. As such, it might be impossible for one afflicted with this disorder to stop himself from eating unhealthy food, falling slave to cravings. It’s quite important that children diagnosed are watched and encouraged to eat a healthy diet, having been taught by parents and caregivers to balance cravings from a young age for the long term.
In truth, these findings are rather alarming in the modern North American society, where McDonald’s and other fast food chains have become the staple of our diets. A lack of healthy activity and education in proper eating can lead to higher levels of obesity which may result in high blood pressure, heart attacks and many other ailments afflicting those fallen into the jaws of obesity. Protect and teach your children about healthy eating from a young age, or else they might come to regret their McDonald’s meals.