Childhood obesity and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A newly described comorbidity in obese hospitalized children
Article first published online: 26 APR 2005
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 357–359, May 2005
How to Cite
Agranat-Meged, A. N., Deitcher, C., Goldzweig, G., Leibenson, L., Stein, M. and Galili-Weisstub, E. (2005), Childhood obesity and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A newly described comorbidity in obese hospitalized children. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 37: 357–359. doi: 10.1002/eat.20096
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 FEB 2004
- attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder;
- abnormal eating behaviors;
The current study described a subgroup of children presenting with obesity and comorbid attention deficit/hyperactivitiy disorder (AD/HD) and assessed a possible casual relationship.
School-aged children hospitalized for obesity (body mass index [BMI] >85%) in a tertiary referral center underwent extensive evaluations and were prospectively assessed for comorbid AD/HD.
During a 4-year period, 32 obese school-aged children were hospitalized and 26 were included in the current study. We found that over one half (57.7%) suffered from comorbid AD/HD.
AD/HD shows a high comorbidity among obese hospitalized children. The characteristic difficulty in regulation found in AD/HD may be a risk factor for the development of abnormal eating behaviors leading to obesity. We suggest that obese children should be screened routinely for AD/HD. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.