Overweight kids treated with ADHD drug

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies

I've always felt a bit sad when I see an overweight child. Why? Health issues aside, I know how mean kids can be and I can't imagine having to go through life with other children picking on your weight constantly.

I think that most parents probably feel that they'd rather not have an overweight child. But, are there certain ethics to helping a child lose weight? Would you allow your child to take Adderal, a drug commonly used to treat ADHD, to lose those pounds?

More and more doctors are prescribing the medicine just for this reason. While I'm most definitely not an expert on Adderal, here's what I've learned about the drug: It is not approved for weight loss, that just happens to be a common side effect. It is an amphetamine. Some of the more harmful side effects could be sudden death in children with a heart condition, as well as psychiatric problems, such as mania and hearing voices.

Again, I'm not an expert nor do I play one on TV, but I will assume that these effects are probably somewhat rare.

For many of these parents and doctors, Adderal seems to be the only option. If your child was overweight, would you consider putting him or her on the drug? Personally? No, I wouldn't. The risks, while minimal, don't seem worth it.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.