A new study from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina established a correlation between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity.
Having examined over 15,000 young adults since adolescence, the researchers publishing the study explained that children with symptoms of ADHD are at higher risk for becoming obese.
Inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity – the main symptoms of ADHD, are what accounted for the link of the disorder to obesity. This claim was substantiated by the Director of the Duke ADHD Program and Dr. Scott Kollins when explaining the significance of the said symptoms and not only an ADHD diagnosis.
Many experts also explain the relation between ADHD and obesity, and explain that with more ADHD symptoms, the chances of obesity increase.
Researchers analyzed more than 15,000 teens for this study over the course of nearly 15 years.
The study significantly helped the researchers understand that three or more symptoms of ADHD would considerably increase the prevalence of obesity.