MUMBAI: Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to become obese and sedentary teenagers, says a long-term research.
It has always been unclear whether ADHD leads to obesity or vice-versa. So, researchers from Imperial College in London followed 7,000 children in Finland who had ADHD symptoms at eight years of age. When the children turned 16, they were found to be less physically active and hence faced a higher risk of obesity.
ADHD is characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It roughly affects 2 to 5% of school children. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, show that ADHD children who were less inclined to take part in physically active play as 8 year-olds were more likely to have inattention as teenagers. The sedentary lifestyle among these children -- who are isolated from other children because of their inattentiveness and lack of focus -- is the main cause for obesity.
The study's author Alina Rodriguez said in a press release: "Obesity is a growing problem that we need to watch out for in all children and young people, but these findings suggest that it's particularly important for children with ADHD."