Almost 10% of Americans ages 3-17 are diagnosed with the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder today. Males are twice as likely to have ADHD than females. The number of people diagnosed with ADHD has been rapidly increasing over the past few years. According to a recent study from the University of Sydney, teenage males taking medication for ADHD have a higher chance of exhibiting slower growth than those who do not take ADHD medication in the same age group. Males taking ADHD medication such as adderall or ritalin tend to be physically shorter and thinner than non-medication users.
This study consisted of 65 boys between the ages of 12 and 16 years. Every participant had been diagnosed with ADHD and were on medication for at least three years. Researchers compared the physical growth of these boys with the growth of boys who weren’t diagnosed with ADHD and discovered that the boys taking medication had a lower body mass index and weight. They were also shorter in stature. Researches recommend that during puberty, the dose of medication should be kept at a minimum to avoid a slower rate of physical development.