Link between ADHD & obesity/high fat diet

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Registered: 12-28-2003
Link between ADHD & obesity/high fat diet
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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 10:02pm

Hi All

Just came across this article, somewhat interesting about possible links being researched between ADHD and obesity and/or high fat diets.  The study appears to only be done on mice so far, but does mention the use of Ritalin to reverse the effects

http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/02/21/mouse-study-links-high-fat-diets-adhd-and-obesity/51790.html

Suzanne

single mom to son age 9 w/ ADHD and addl issues

Single mom to an internationally adopted son, age 9 3/4; adopted at age 2.5 months from country of Georgia; diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and developmental delay issues

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Registered: 12-28-2003

Hi.  I located the original article, but oddly enough it doesnt appear to mention what type of actual fats.  the link is below

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306453013000097

Suzanne

Single mom to an internationally adopted son, age 9 3/4; adopted at age 2.5 months from country of Georgia; diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and developmental delay issues

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Very good point, I didn't think of that. I would assume that they were trans fat, but would like to know for sure.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
I want to know what types of fats they were feeding the mice. Omega 3s are a lot different from trans fats. We do eat a fair amount of some fats/oils, but not trans fats.
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Registered: 11-13-2008

I found that article incredibly interesting, not only for my ADHD child but also my son that deals with some anxiety issues. It does say that after 10 weeks the body compensates for the diet, and brain dopamine levels return to normal, but that still makes me curious how diet affects behavior. If they have a higher fat diet one week compared to normal intake, that could cause a change in their dopamine levels. Lots of questions now!