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May 21, 2014

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

JAMA. 2014;311(19):1956. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4982

Long-term use of stimulants to treat children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may contribute to higher rates of obesity later in youth, according to new research.

Children with unmedicated ADHD tended to have higher body mass index (BMI) than those without a diagnosis. In contrast, children who were treated with stimulant medications had lower-than-average BMIs, but their BMIs rebounded later in childhood, with longer duration of treatment associated with a steep increase. Those with the diagnosis but no medication leveled off after age 15 years.

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