Three recent studies lead to some interesting conclusions: if you live near a busy highway there is a good chance your children will be diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and eventually become obese or if you mistreat your child your child has more than a 30% chance of becoming obese.
The first study conducted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center suggested “by the age of seven, children exposed to the substances (high levels of traffic pollution) are more likley to test positive for ADHD.”
According to previous studies, about 11% of the U.S. populations lives within 100 yards of a four lane highway and 40% of children go to a school that’s within 400 yards of a major highway.
Study #2, “conducted by researchers at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center found that men diagnosed as children with ADHD were twice as likely to be obese in a 33-year follow-up study compared to men who were not diagnosed with the condition.”
Inability to control impulses and poor planning skills are characteristics associated with ADHD that can lead to an unhealthy diet and the tendency to overeat.
The final study by King’s College in London found that “Children who have suffered maltreatment are 36% more likely to be obese in adulthood compared to non-maltreated children.”
Children who live near a busy road are more likely to develop ADHD.
ADHD In Childhood May Lead To Obesity In Adulthood.
Childhood maltreatment linked to increased risk of obesity in adult life.