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ADHD and its Medications Correlated with Weight Gain in Teen Years

A study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the medications used to treat its symptoms may increase weight gain in teens who were treated for ADHD when they were children.

This study echoes previous research by Dr. Tanya Froehlich, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s which shows the brains of people with ADHD don’t process the idea of “rewards” as others do, and eating foods that are bad for us falls into this category.

“If you have issues regulating reward and also regulating your delay of gratification, which we see a lot with ADHD, it makes sense that would also be linked to eating the wrong things at the wrong times and gaining more weight,” Froehlich said.

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