Obesity growing in more populations than just ADHD March 06 2014
A new study found that children who had ADHD symptoms at a young age were nearly twice as likely to be obese as teens. The study examined 7,000 children in Finland to determine if ADHD symptoms at age eight were linked to development of obesity by age 16. The results were published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and found kids were twice as likely to be obese by their mid-teenage years. 1
Childhood ADHD or conduct disorder symptoms were linked with too little physical activity in adolescence. It’s no surprise that kids who were less active were more likely to have trouble paying attention. There is a growing body of research and literature demonstrating that exercise benefits children’s brain function. Several positive mental health outcomes are associated with physical activity, which include health-related quality of life and better mood states. Years later, this inactivity shows itself on the body through weight problems. 3
Perhaps the blame for teenage obesity can also be pointed toward eating habits. Inactivity combined with a poor diet is a recipe for trouble! Obesity, in general, is a growing epidemic especially in countries that have adopted a western way of eating or “Standard American Diet, referred to as a SAD diet for a reason. A SAD Diet is characterized by high intakes of processed and fast foods, sugary desserts and drinks (colas, pop, energy drinks), and higher intakes of refined grains and processed meats. Sound familiar to you? 2
Giving your body a strong nutritional foundation should be a high priority on everyone’s list. Making sure you eat a majority of real, whole foods and cut down on your sugar intake are two good places to start. Real foods are ones that you don’t have to open a box or package to cook. Real foods will eventually break down and decompose. Sugar is one of the main ingredients in most processed foods so by avoiding them, you’ll automatically cut down on the amount of sugar you eat.
Parents of ADHD and non-ADHD children should start encouraging participation in physically demanding activities and playtime outside. Providing healthy eating patterns inside and out of the home will continue to get easier with practice and time.
Pure Clarity offers an effective and convenient way to ensure you’re getting the foundational nutrients you need for productive brain performance. Combining Pure Clarity with a good diet and physical play puts you on a positive path of treating your ADHD naturally, and furthers your health along the way.
Written by Melissa Warner
Khalife, N; Kantomaa, PhD, et al. Childhood Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms Are Risk Factors for Obesity and Physical Inactivity in Adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, online February 5, 2014. http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(14)00077-X/fulltext
“Western pattern diet.” Wikipedia: The Free Enclopedia. Feb 18, 2014. Web. March 9, 2014.
Singh, A, PhD; et al. “Physical Activity and Performance at School.” Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(1):49-55. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.716.