Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd ) Essay

1199 Words Mar 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
“In 2003, 7.8 percent of 4- to 17-year-olds had received a diagnosis of ADHD, according to data from the National Survey of Children 's Health, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (Novotney). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, children that are diagnosed with this disorder are distracted, impulsive, or hyperactive, and emotionally unpredictable. ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood (Cao, et. al). Research has indicated that from 2001 to 2010, the percentage of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has dramatically increased due to the mother’s high intake of sugar during pregnancy (“Sugar”). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder hasn’t only increased because of mother’s high intake of sugar, but research has also found that mother’s lifestyles during pregnancy may have caused the offspring to have ADHD.
Just as mothers have a large amount of sugar intake during pregnancy, the high intake of sugar by ADHD children is not true to having symptoms of ADHD (“Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity…”). The high sugar intake has been associated with increased rate of obesity. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is known to cause obesity (Davis). "In 1 study of children with ADHD aged 3 to 18 years, 29% had a body mass index (BMI) >85th percentile, which is twice the frequency observed in the normal population” (Holtkamp K, Konrad K, Müller B, et al.). Obesity is just a side effect of ADHD, but…

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