Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weighing the Ups and Downs of ADHD and Stimulant Use on BMI Trajectory

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Prior studies in our journal and others have suggested that attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the absence of stimulant use is associated with an increased risk of childhood and adult obesity. But what happens when stimulants are started, and does the duration of their use influence BMI trajectory?

Schwartz et al. (doi: 10.1542/ peds.2013-3427) release their findings this week gathered from longitudinal electronic health record data on more than 164,000 children aged 3-18 years. The role that stimulants play during childhood and how the BMI trajectory can change during adolescence is a study you should pay attention to if you follow patients with ADHD—and there are few pediatricians practicing primary care who do not. Read this study and learn more.

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