ADHD Drugs Could also be Effective Against Obesity

by Gopalan on  April 8, 2009 at 4:28 PM Obesity News
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 ADHD Drugs Could also be Effective Against Obesity
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs like Ritalin could be effective against obesity. Severely obese might lack the will power to lose weight because of a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by the problem.

Those suffering from ADHD cannot respond to the signals in their brains that tell them when they are hungry and when they are full. There is a lack of dopamine and noradrenalin receptors in the area of their brain that determines how they attach and detach their attention, it has been found.

Consequently, their stomachs stretch and they can tolerate a degree of fullness that would make the average person throw up. Hence people with ADHD are more likely to develop weight problems than those without it. 

In the circumstances, treating ADHD with drugs like Ritalin could be one way of combating obesity. In fact the improvement is dramatic, says Lance Levy, a Toronto specialist in nutritional medicine.

"ADHD is a primary cause of failing to lose weight for tens of thousands of people," said Dr. Levy, who is with the Nutritional and Eating Disorders Clinic. "Obese people are three to five times more likely to have it than the regular population. And if you treat them, you will see a significant weight loss."

Dr. Levy and his co-authors - psychologist John Fleming and dietitian Doreen Klar - have just published their groundbreaking research in the International Journal of Obesity, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

They studied 242 severely obese patients who had failed to lose weight in 10 years. Each patient was screened for ADHD through a series of tests and interviews. Results showed 32 per cent had a diagnosis of ADHD. They were then prescribed anti-hyperactivity drugs including Adderall, a type of amphetamine and a Ritalin-style pill called Concerta, taken once a day.

After a year of treatment, those given the drugs had lost an average of 12 per cent of their total body weight, compared to 2.7 per cent of those not given medication. Volunteers also reported feeling calmer.

The link between ADHD and obesity is so crucial, according to Dr. Fleming and Dr. Levy, that their centre will open a special screening program for the disorder next month. "Physicians should consider ADHD as a key contributing cause of obesity and the inability to lose weight," Dr. Fleming said.

Source: Medindia

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I'd call this "con" science promoted by scientists without a conscience. The major culprits in the obesity epidemic are monosodium glutamate and aspartame, both cause cravings for carbohydrates and both dock on the same receptors in the brain. Humphries et al (2008)
"Ingestion of aspartame results in a craving for carbohydrates, which will eventually result in weight gain, especially because the formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs; therefore, aspartame is believed to cause problem [sic] in diabetic control." referring to Mehl-Madorna (2005)

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