Boys diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school are more likely to be obese in adulthood than those without the condition, a new study suggests, according to news sources.
In a survey of two groups of men, researchers found that about twice as many men in the group with childhood attention-deficit hyperactive disorder were obese compared to men who never had ADHD, Reuters Health reported.
These findings are consistent with past studies focused on ADHD and obesity, according to Reuters.
"There's definitely been enough research now where it does appear there is some connection between these two disorders," said Sherry Pagoto, professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in an interview with Reuters Health.
The authors of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse study said the impulsiveness and lack of inhibition that occur with ADHD could play a part in eating behaviors that contribute to obesity risk, according to dailyRx News.