Obesity affects 17 percent of children and childhood obesity remains an important risk factor for obesity in adulthood, according to Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a practicing pediatrician at The Everett Clinic.
Swanson joined KING 5 in studio Wednesday to talk about why the way we eat, listen to hunger cues, and deal with impulses may be a relevant part of the reason behind why some people are at a higher risk to get to unhealthy weight.
Obesity and ADHD figures in the U.S.
- 17 percent of children obese
- 35 percent of adults are obese
- Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death
- Somewhere between 7 and 10 percent children have ADHD diagnosis
- Boys (13.2%) are more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ADHD
- Study followed boys from age 6 to 41
- Men with childhood ADHD had twice the risk of obesity
- Even when ADHD remits, obesity risk may remain
- Children with ADHD now are at increased risk of obesity later
What parents need to know
- Children with ADHD may be at higher risk for unhealthy weight
- Divide responsibilities: parents provide food, kids eat
- If unable to control eating, talk with doctor
- Family meals are important strategy
- Goal for ½ plate fresh fruit, veggies at each meal