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Parent reported inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity as predictor of long-term weight loss after inpatient treatment in obese adolescents




The long-term success of treatment for pediatric obesity is often unsatisfactory and variable. We aim to elucidate the influence of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity on weight loss after inpatient treatment for adolescent obesity.


We included 13–17 year old obese participants treated in three inpatient multidisciplinary treatment centers. At the beginning and end of treatment and at one year follow-up weight and height were measured. Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity was assessed with the hyperactivity/inattention (HI) subscale of the parent-rated Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. General linear models were used with the standard deviation scores of the body mass index (BMI-SDS) as dependent variable.


Totally, 253 participants were included (65% female, age: 15.3 ± 1.4 years, baseline BMI-SDS: 3.13 ± 0.38 kg/m2). HI scores were associated with long-term (p < .001) but not short term (ns) weight loss.


This indicates that inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity is associated with reduced long-term weight loss success in adolescent inpatients. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2013)