March 17, 2014
First Longitudinal Study on ADHD, Stimulants, and Childhood BMI
the MPR take:
Results from the first longitudinal study on the association between ADHD diagnosis, stimulant use, and BMI trajectories during childhood and adolescence have been published in the journal Pediatrics. Brian S. Schwartz, MD, MSa and collaborators analyzed electronic health record data on 163,820 children ages 3–18 years in Pennsylvania who were diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD during childhood without stimulant treatment was associated with higher childhood BMIs, while ADHD treated with stimulants was associated with slower early BMI growth. However, these children experienced an increase in BMI levels in adolescence compared to those without an ADHD diagnosis or stimulant use.
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