New Study Links ADHD Medications to Adolescent Weight Issues

A new study appearing in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics finds that children whose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was treated with stimulants had slower body mass index growth in early childhood, but then experienced much greater BMI growth in late adolescence. The new study analyzed the electronic health records for more than 160,000 children ages 3 to 18 who were patients in Geisinger Health System between January 2001 and February 2012. Unlike other studies that have relied on interviews and patient memory, Geisinger’s data allowed researchers to take a unique look at medical histories over a long period of time, the authors said.