May 26, 2013
Boys With ADHD More Likely To Be Obese By 41
One might say that obesity is part of the fabric of American society. Eating disorders, peer pressure and, of course, apple pie all contribute to a lifestyle that most of us agree can be fought, and in some cases, prevented. However, gaining weight is very easy, while losing and keeping off weight is incredibly difficult. To help this, researchers at NYU’s Langone Medical Center have identified a key issue with our attention spans that might very possibly be a defining factor in young men’s lives that contribute to the disorder. That issue just so happens to be ADHD.
We don’t usually identify with ADHD as a serious medical or psychological problem. Most people satisfy the craving for constant action and motion by playing with their fingers, their belongings and even themselves. All of these things make for more than adequate substitutes to eating excessively, but eating excessively can be quite the addictive activity.
The study on obesity at Langone has been conducted for over four decades with over 200 kids. The study has followed these individuals, now adults, and found that most of them have succumbed to obesity as a way to combat ADHD. Now, sitting still and keeping your mind clear of thought or irritation isn’t easy, but excessive eating might be pushing it a bit here.
On the other hand, how many times have you eaten a Twinkie to satisfy your craving for mental satisfaction?
I’m not a doctor by any means, but even I have my little snippets of curiosity on the subject from time to time. For example, I’m more inclined than everyone else to think that everyone has their own method of foresight. Most people like to not believe in things like foresight or telepathy, but how exactly can you disprove the possibility?
The same can be said with ADHD. Many of us have our urges to satisfy silence, but hunger is another thing. Dr. Xavier Castellanos continued by saying, “We brought back individuals who were 41 years of age, and examined a number of measures, including brain imaging analyses. But during those brain imaging analyses, we noted that men who had been hyperactive children had a greater difficulty sitting in the scanner – they were too large for the research scanner.”
We can’t defer any real discussion from this study, since the sample size for test subjects was relatively low. Not only this, but most of the patients were white, says Jennifer Shu, American spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What do you think? Is ADHD highly connected to obesity through the restlessness of victims with the disorder? Or does it sound like another crackpot idea to pin obesity on mental disorders that no one can really solve?
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