In 2017 I had the privilege of presenting research at the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine conference in Sydney, Australia.
I thought it may be valuable to share the findings...
Prevention of childhood obesity has become the number one public health priority across the developed world. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing one of the major chronic diseases such as: Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary, hepatic, renal and musculoskeletal complications, and lower health-related quality of life.
Children with ADHD are twice as likely as their matched non-AD/HD peers to be overweight or obese.
Results from the Raine Study revealed that AD/HD is associated with a "Western” dietary pattern that includes: take away foods, processed meats, confectionary, French fries, refined grains, high-fat dairy products and soft drinks.
As such, physical activity has the potential to positively influence physical well-being by reducing weight.
Activities that have shown positive outcomes for children with AD/HD are aerobic activity; yoga; table tennis; swimming; exercise in green natural spaces and before-school physical activities such as skipping, running, hopping and crab-walking.
Furthermore, behavioural modification therapy, utilizing warm authoritative parenting styles, have been shown to have a positive effect in reducing body mass index and improving quality of life measures in obese children with AD/HD.