Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptomatology and pediatric obesity: Psychopathology or sleep deprivation?

Alyssa Lundahl, Timothy D Nelson

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The relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity in children has received considerable attention in recent years. However, the literature currently overlooks the potential causal and maintaining role that sleep problems may play in this relationship. Using a biopsychosocial framework, this article highlights how sleep problems impact the biological, psychological, and social aspects of both ADHD symptomatology and obesity. An in-depth examination of this model illustrates the imperative need for future research and clinical practice to recognize and explore the role sleep has in the link between obesity and ADHD symptomatology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1055-1065
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016



  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • biopsychosocial
  • child
  • obesity
  • sleep problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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