Comorbidity between obesity and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Population study with 13–15-year-olds
Article first published online: 11 APR 2006
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 39, Issue 6, pages 519–522, September 2006
How to Cite
Rojo, L., Ruiz, E., Domínguez, J. A., Calaf, M. and Livianos, L. (2006), Comorbidity between obesity and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Population study with 13–15-year-olds. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 39: 519–522. doi: 10.1002/eat.20284
- Issue published online: 18 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 DEC 2005
- morbid obesity;
- attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder;
- community sample;
This study analyzes whether obese children have a higher risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity “characteristics” (AD/HD) than do children with other nutritional states.
This study included 35,403 participants from 486 community schools. They completed the AD/HD scale of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and were weighed and measured. 2879 of the participants were obese and 78 were morbidly obese (BMI >40).
A discrete, nonsignificant, increment was found in the AD/HD characteristics of male participants with morbid obesity, as compared with the other nutritional states. Among morbidly obese females, the prevalence of AD/HD characteristics was slightly superior, although not significantly, to that found in participants with normal weight, overweight or obese (BMI <40).
Among nonclinical populations with a communitarian origin, previous findings reporting high rates of AD/HD in obese children are not replicated. This increment in the prevalence of AD/HD among hospitalized obese children could be the result of selection bias. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2006