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(CBS News)   ADHD drugs linked to weight gain in children. Apparently the only thing the drug allows them to focus on is eating   ( divider line
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2014-03-19 09:26:53 AM
2014-03-19 10:14:53 AM  
ADHD causes a loss of executive function.  The willpower portion of the brain is not functioning correctly.  This is why ADHD causes addiction risks.  Same goes for overeating since that is a form of self-medication, but with food.
2014-03-19 10:20:43 AM  
"Your child is dangerously deficient in a very expensive new medication."
2014-03-19 10:25:50 AM  
Was on Ritalin as a kid. Was a super fat. But then again I hardly exercised, and was an emotional eater. Ritalin? Maybe. More likely I just had some personal shiat to deal with and did.

//self determination and exercise is key to weight loss.
2014-03-19 10:38:42 AM  
I was on a bunch of different ADD drugs as a kid (ritalin, cylert, some others), and I was a beanpole. Of course, I was playing ice hockey three or four times a week and, whenever I had a "HEY LET'S GO RIDE BIKES" moment, I went and rode my bike.

/Anecdote is anecdotal
//Also don't remember a lot of my childhood
2014-03-19 10:51:43 AM  
Man, I wish.  ADHD stimulants are also powerful appetite suppressors: trying to get my son to eat enough to actually, you know, grow is a constant battle.  If he ever went off the drugs he'd probably balloon up since he's gotten years of reinforcement to eat everything around him.

And yeah, I'll echo Rev. Dave: one of ADHD's symptoms is lowered executive function.  ADHD people are at risk for all sorts of addictive behaviors such as drug use.  Overeating would be an obvious issue for many.
2014-03-19 11:04:48 AM  
Ritalin suppresses my appetite. I only suffered weight gain after no longer using it.

/A sedentary job and overall lifestyle may also have contributed.
2014-03-19 11:56:27 AM  
Back when I used to pull a lot of all-nighters, I realized that I was always very hungry on the second day. I've always assumed that my system was seeking extra energy to compensate for the lack of sleep.

I took Adderall for a while a few years ago, and normally it did suppress hunger pangs. I had to remember to eat or else I'd end up with horrible headaches. But if I had trouble sleeping one night (not uncommon with Adderall), the next day I would be hungry even with the medication.
2014-03-19 12:34:34 PM  
2014-03-19 12:39:17 PM  

rev. dave: ADHD causes a loss of executive function.  The willpower portion of the brain is not functioning correctly.  This is why ADHD causes addiction risks.  Same goes for overeating since that is a form of self-medication, but with food.

Uhm.  That's entirely contrary to what the study says.  ADHD itself is *not* associated with higher BMI - a slightly different curve, but untreated ADHD kids had the same eventual results; it's the stimulants that treat ADHD - and theoretically reduce it - that are linked to higher BMI.  Which makes your implied causation entirely backwards.

Here's the study, if you've got access: 0 13-3427.full.pdf+html
Their actual conclusion (emphasis mine):
"The findings suggest that stimulant use, rather than ADHD itself, is most strongly associated with growth trajectories in childhood, early BMI rebound, and later obesity. Stimulants appear to slow the rate of BMI growth in early to mid-childhood and then to accelerate growth rates in later childhood, generally after discontinuation of the medication. The findings have relevance to concerns raised about growth rate and its potential adverse long-term consequences. Our findings should motivate greater attention to the possibility that longer-term stimulant use plays a role in the development of obesity in children."
2014-03-19 05:47:36 PM  
this happaned to me as a teenager. i was given ritalin in the morning and afternoon and then a downer in the evening. I was a zombie. a fat teenage zombie.
2014-03-19 07:47:22 PM  
I started on the meds as a 30 year old (once I hit middle management and could no longer ride the book trolley down the ramp whenever I felt like it). First thing it did was make me drop 10 kg. Food? Meh, don't bother me with food I need to get this statistical analysis done.
Now I make sure I have a desk full of chocolate and a fridge full of coke, because when I drop the weight I get hurt on the rugby field. Oh, and I often don't take the meds on the weekend so I can do a weeks worth of eating in those 2 days.
2014-03-20 12:27:29 AM  
There's some milk in the fridge that's about to go sour (Sniffs), and there it goes.
2014-03-20 11:11:30 AM  
For some anecdotal evidence to the contrary, I was 5'10, 333 lbs, C-student in my junior year of high school. I was diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Adderal at the beginning of my senior year.  My grades drastically improved, my energy level increased dramatically, and I dropped down to 205 lbs by my second semester of college.
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