For years, ADHD experts have recognized the link between untreated ADHD and obesity. As for many weight-control experts and gastric-bypass surgeons, well, they must have missed the memo. Is it territorial jealousy? Willful ignorance? “ADHD Denial”?
Let’s be charitable and call it one more casualty of our highly specialized medical system. That is, most GI docs aren’t connected to most brain docs aren’t connected to most hormone docs, and down the line. (As for some sleep docs’ determination to ignore ADHD’s role in sleep challenges, that’s for another post.)
In February, a new study came from two Toronto-based clinicians and researchers seeking to bridge this cross-disciplinary knowledge. Physician Lance Levy and psychologist John Fleming set out to determine whether attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) pharmacological treatment of severely obese subjects with newly diagnosed ADHD would result in sustained weight loss. (In short, yes it did.) Read the rest of this entry »