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Disturbing medical -- to tell you about a new study finds that men who -- with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD and adolescents are twice as likely to suffer from obesity later on in life.
Doctor -- -- is a senior attending physician of emergency medicine.
I think barn this hospital thank you for joining us -- a several reasons are cited what is the drugs such as Ritalin they can suppress a child's appetite so.
They're very skinny when they're on the drug than they get off of it -- -- gain weight.
Yes it's also a problem with parents who see their children being -- -- and they want them to grow tall and be big.
So sometimes the parents may actually be pushing the food and the drink on the children as well.
-- and if you kids who are not on these drugs they can still be skinny because of the hyper activity but.
That can taper off in adulthood while the attention deficit remains behind definitely.
What what's a big problem that they see is because of the poor organizational skills of children with this disorder.
You know they they tend not to have regular eating habits and they made binge eat at times and other times have periods where they go for a while without food.
And then they gorge themselves and that can be of an issue especially if healthy choices are not available and they gorge themselves on fast food or foods with high fat high sugar content.
Yeah and the other issue is the planning skills you -- balanced meals have to be planned you have to by the food and events -- it and whatnot and at that.
They're not thinking ahead that far and as a result as you mentioned they grab whatever's available.
Exactly big debate it's tough for these children to focus.
And and it -- -- remember the study only looked at young boys who then eventually going to men.
They they say that the similarities are probably going to be the same with the young women as well when they can't focus and they can't make preparations for healthy choices like you suggested.
Than the alternative may not be so healthy and cause them to gain the weight right so let's take away for moms right now you have a child he is skinny he's ADHD.
What do you do to make sure he doesn't gain weight -- on.
Well one of the most important things is you have to make sure to give these children.
Outlets or avenge the let them vent for their physical activity in the right correct -- -- Today with the video games in the computers and cell phones and texting we forget to get our kids outside you want them outside.
You want them exercise and get some healthy sports and and I exercise that and that will help them hopefully stimulate a proper appetite and then the second component -- that is.
-- is organizing their meals trying to get them into a routine where they have three square meals a day with healthy snacks in between.
That'll prevent them from looking for the fast food in the unhealthy choices.
Yeah and that's one of the things that moms need to remember is that yeah sometimes is better to have -- -- be -- bit on the skinny side than to say.
Well the only things he likes our French Fries and the macaroni cheese sold just -- -- -- point 47 it's true many times having the child to be part of the preparation process is well.
You know it's important for moms and dads as well dads need to take the time to sometimes prepare the snacks in the mills with their children as well when you incorporate them and they see.
As part of the cooking -- preparation prospect many times that allows them to say -- let me try that that doesn't look so bad because I helped create it.
And sometimes it'll broaden their.
A blatant you know liking of certain foods and allow them to eat healthier choices -- -- good information important stuff doctor Ernest patty thank you so much for joining us thanks very much.
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