Obesity in Men Diagnosed With ADHD as Children


A 33-year controlled, prospective study conducted as a collaboration by researchers in New York, Mexico, and Verona, Italy found that men diagnosed with ADHD as children had significantly higher rates of obesity as adults. The causal link, however – whether a common neurobiological dysfunction underlies both ADHD and obesity, or a tendency toward impulsiveness, or an effect of ADHD medication – is unclear.

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Childhood ADHD linked to obesity in adulthood (Salon)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. One of many things this article fails to consider is that the kiddie cocaine and other drugs forced on ADHD or the disease of being a boy for the most part actually cause a type of obsessive compulsive over focus on school work and other things while grossly interfering with the children’s ability to socialize and make and maintain friendships with peers per Dr. Peter Breggin and many others. Getting a bogus DSM ADHD, bipolar or other stigma at an early age for what are usually family problems, conflicts, abuse, trauma, divorce, drug/alcohol abuse and other crises for which the children are scapegoated by schools and parents also interferes with one’s self confidence, creates stigma, more isolation, bullying and other abnormalities for such children that is KNOWN to lead to self destructive behavior such as smoking, drinking, drugging, overeating and many others in addition to acting out and hanging out with equally troubled children/teens as one grows older, all now stigmatized as ADHD and bipolar per Dr. Carole Warshaw, Psychiatrist and Domestic Violence Expert and many others.

    Another recent monstrosity with those children fraudulently stigmatized as ADHD is that many if not most are now converted to bipolar due to the iatrogenic effects of the Ritalin type drugs and forced to take lethal atypical antipsychotics known to cause metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes and many other threats to one’s health like the supposed ADHD men in this article. Similarly, atypical drugs are now given to children for mere behavior problems without even a pretense of any real “health” issues.

    Thus, I believe this is another bogus article from psychiatry pushing their typical junk science to continue the pretense that their DSM invented social contruct VOTED IN stigmas are genetic, faulty brain wiring and other nonsense without any evidence whatever. They say nothing of the drugs these boys/men were on and other mitigating factors, and it seems more probable that the increased obesity and diabetes is iatrogenic from lethal drugs since it is well known that ADHD is an invented “illness” and not a proven disease at all.

    Finally, they just prove what any knowledgable peron already knows: Any encounter with biopsychiatry’s bogus life destroying stigmas and their toxic drugs are hazardous to one’s health/weight, relationships, school and other performance, one’s reputation and ability to get and maintain a job, get health/life/disability and other insurance, one’s right to freedom, human, civil and democratic rights, etc. Psychiatry’s major goal is to make temporary life problems and crises permanent to make maximum profit from the victims’ suffering by making them permanent disabled “patients” under psychiatry’s permanent control until the much earlier deaths of their many victims.

    This article about the bogus DSM stigma makes me very angry in that per Dr. Fred Baughman, Neurologist, and many others, ADHD (and bipolar) is 100% fraud with Dr. Baughman, author of ADHD FRAUD, saying that using these bogus stigmas to push lethal drugs are the worst medical crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.

    Now that the mass media has even joined the fray exposing the pseudoscience behind the DSM, it would be nice if they would all stop this constant barrage of lies about the latest gene discoveries for these invented DSM stigmas to push the latest lethal drugs on patent. Have they no shame?

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  2. I spent years on dexedrine and it made me lay around and slow etc… never ate much but without them I eat more, I eat very healthy, organic no soda etc. I am more muscular now that they decided not wanting other medications after trying them all and having some feel like I was dying to supposedly being given desoxyn which did nothing at all. If I didn’t have a big mouth I would have dodged it but they never did anything but make my brain feel like it’d subdue… after the brand name ones went though it was never really too great and different… I took the tablets too so I ate during the day

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