According to a recent study, men afflicted with ADHD as children weighed an average of 19 pounds heavier at age 41 than men with no history of the disorder.
The study followed 207 U.S., Caucasian boys with childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and 178 boys without it. When they reached age 41, 111 men from each group were asked to report their weight and height.
The results showed that the men who had ADHD weighed 213 pounds on average while the men without the disorder weighed in at an average of 194 pounds.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, did not go so far as to conjecture as to why childhood ADHD may be linked to obesity in adulthood.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder affects up to 11 percent of American children, primarily boys.