Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre have found that children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have a higher possibility of having Loss Of Control Eating Syndrome (LOC-ES).
Although the children with ADHD lose weight because of stimulant drugs, the disorder is usually associated with obesity, study leader Shauna P Reinblatt, assistant professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said.
The obesity in children with ADHD is being attributed to a link between the hallmark impulsivity of ADHD and loss of control over appetite and food consumption.
The study included 79 children between the ages of 8 to 14 from Baltimore area. Researchers based their relation between ADHD and LOC-ES on interviews, parental reports and objective measures. The children also underwent neuropsychological testing to measure how well they were able to control their impulses.
The study found that the chances of LOC-ES in children suffering from ADHD were increased 12 times as compared to those without ADHD. On the other hand, children suffering from LOC-ES were at a risk of having ADHD 7 times higher than others.
It was also found that the children with ADHD suffering from LOC-ES have a more severe form of ADHD streaked by more impulsive behavior that particularly manifests in their eating patterns, Dr. Reinblatt said.
Worried about your child’s obesity problems? It’s high time you curbed his love for sugary drinks and junk food. A little focus on dental care may also prevent your child gaining excess weight, says a new study.
The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.
“Weight can be a sensitive subject, but if you talk about eating behaviors alongside dental health, you are looking at the issue from a different angle,” said Louise Arvidsson, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
“The question is whether a healthy diet can have the effect also in young children. There has been a lot of focus on physical activity and mental health in children, but diet is an increasingly recognized aspect.”
The researchers reviewed the eating behavior, body fat and dental health of 271 small children. The height, weight and food intake of the children were kept under observation for one day and then checked for the prevalence of cariogenic microorganisms in saliva.
The results found that the children who had a higher amount of carries bacteria also had higher BMI and worse eating habits.
The children were suggested to consume whole grain products, 400-500 grams of fruit and vegetables per day, fish two to three times a week and a low intake of sugar and saturated fat.
Arvidsson mentioned in the thesis, conducted at the University’s Sahlgrenska Academy, that with good food comes increased self-esteem, better relationships with friends and fewer emotional problems
Rather, parents who try to change the regime of their children by asking them to eat less during childhood can see serious repercussions of overweight problems in later life.(IANS)
There are many kids that can’t sit still today. In some cases, it is simply because they are excited or have a lot of pent up energy. However, in other situations, they may suffer from a more serious mental condition called ADHD. If this is the case, you may be hesitant to use various treatments for your child, such as Adderall; however, this could be a mistake.
Some of the reasons that you should not put off treatment for ADHD in your child can be found here. When you are informed, you will see why seeking effective treatment is such a good idea.
To Help Your Child Focus in School
One of the main reasons you need to seek ADHD treatment for your child is to help them better focus while in school. Two of the main symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity and impulsivity. If your child is suffering from these symptoms, then they may find it extremely difficult to stay focused on their school work. However, when you seek treatment, you can help your child become more focused on their work, reduce issues and ensure they make better grades. This is a win-win for you and your child.
To Help Prevent the Situation from Getting Worse
When you are able to identify symptoms of ADHD at an early age, you have a much higher likelihood of treating the condition and preventing it from getting any worse. However, if the condition is allowed to persist, without any type of treatment, then it is going to continue to progress causing you and your child more difficulties. Additionally, this condition is one that can serious affect a person in their adult years, which is why it is so important to catch it early on.
To Improve Social Relationships
A child with ADHD often has difficulty making friends and interacting in social settings. Again, as time passes, this is a situation that is going to become worse. As a result, you need to seek treatment as quickly as possible. This will ensure that your child has the ability to make friends and have a successful social life. Keep in mind, not all ADHD treatments and symptoms are the same, so what works for one child may not work for yours. It is important to work closely with your doctor to determine what should and should not be done for your child.
To Make their Life Easier
ADHD can manifest in different ways for different people. As a result, you may not know exactly how your child is suffering in many situations. However, when you seek care from a doctor, you will have a better understanding of how and why your child is struggling. With this information, you and your doctor can work on a treatment plan that will help make their life easier. This is extremely important for children at any point of life.
It may be easy to overlook symptoms of ADHD in some situations, especially more subtle cases. However, for more severe cases, you will have to take action and seek treatment to help your child. The last thing you want is for your child to have serious challenges as they grow up. This will make their life more difficult, and as a result, yours too.
Keep in mind, the right treatment option isn’t always going to be obvious. You need to speak with your doctor to ensure that they know the situation and have an idea of what needs to be done. Even if your child has ADHD, there are treatment options available. Getting to know what these treatment options are is the best way to ensure that your child gets the care and proper health that they deserve. Learn more about ADHD treatment methods by visiting the Pharmacy Online website today for info.
New Delhi, October 12, 2017: In 2016, an Official data in had revealed that over 41 million children below the age of 5 were affected by obesity. Without due attention and efficient treatment, they are likely to remain obese throughout their lives, with an increased risk of developing a host of diseases and physical and psychological consequences like anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and even premature death.
In view of an escalating number of people constantly coming under the ambush of obesity, and with childhood obesity becoming a cause of worry globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines on October 4, emphasizing the growing importance of healthcare experts and professionals, underlining their positive role in helping kids and teenagers fight the global menace.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is defined as ‘excess adipose tissue’. In other words, it is a body-weight disorder involving excessive body fat that exposes an individual to multiple health problems. In case a person’s body-weight is nearly 20 per cent higher than it should be, he is considered obese.
There are different ways to calculate excess adipose tissue, the most common one being the Body Mass Index.
Overweight – BMI greater than or equal to 25
Obesity – BMI greater than or equal to 30
According to data obtained by WHO, one half of all overweight children or obese children lived in Asia, and one-quarter of the total obese children lived in Africa.
According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in June, India ranks second in the number of obese children in the world with China taking the first spot.
The global menace continues to rise rapidly in low and middle-income countries.
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The new report released by WHO on October 4 is titled ‘Assessing and Managing Children at Primary Healthcare Facilities to Prevent Overweight and Obesity in the Context of the Double Burden of Malnutrition’.
The report provides guidelines and updates for the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). The guidelines attempt to confine the spread of childhood obesity from expanding further, and prescribe undertaking proper assessment of dietary habits along with weight and height measurements. It also recommends dieting and proper counseling by healthcare experts.
Recommendations by WHO
WHO has recommended that primary healthcare facilities should be made available to all children below the age of 5 years and infants. These should include measurement of both weight and height of the children to determine their weight-for height and nutritional status as previously defined by WHO child growth standards.
For children and infants identified as overweight, healthcare experts should provide counseling to parents and caregivers on nutrition and physical activity, which includes creating awareness about healthy practices like exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months and continuing the practice until 2 years or more.
WHO also prescribes that an appropriate management plan should be devised to counter the menace in obese children. This can be developed by a trained health worker at primary healthcare facilities, or local hospitals.
Healthy Eating Tips to Fight Obesity
Here are a few healthy eating tips that will not only help you maintain a healthy weight but will also prove be be beneficial for your metabolism, physical strength and general well-being,
Refrain from unnecessary indulgences or random snacking and encourage healthy snacking choices like popcorns, yogurt, fruits, etc.
Reduce your sugar intake to less than 10 per cent of the total calories for an individual with normal weight.
Consume a gracious serving of seasonal vegetables and fruits everyday that are rich in soluble and insoluble fibres, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Make healthy food selections- include whole grain products, avoid excessive use of oil and salt and refrain from processed or packaged food.
A balanced diet must be complimented with regular exercise to counter unnecessary weight gain
– prepared by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala