ADHD Medication and Weight Loss- Advice from a 10-year-old

Even though I am writing this blog to help other kids who have ADHD feel more comfortable I still feel embarrassed to write about this topic: ADHD medication and weight loss. I have lost weight since starting ADHD medication and I feel too skinny. Losing weight is one of the ADHD medication side effects.  I am going to tell you what I do to gain weight.


I worry if I am underweight than I will not be strong or fast anymore so I work hard to put weight back on. I love to play soccer and I want to be really good. I need to gain weight so I don’t get pushed over so easily. I usually play striker so I have to run fast. If I don’t eat enough then I get tired faster.


Sometimes I think I am one of the only people in the world that is underweight so I feel embarrassed and uncomfortable. I think lots of kids worry if they are losing weight people might tease you or laugh at you. But it is ok if you lose weight. I am underweight too.



I used to weigh myself every day before my shower. I had a sheet that I would write down how much I weigh. I would see if I had gone up or down. It was making me very upset if my weight went down.

I learned weight doesn’t change quickly so it is better to weigh yourself every month. Don’t weigh yourself daily because it will make you frustrated. I saw my pediatrician last week and I gained 4 pounds in the last 6 months. She said I was right on track. I was so happy!

How to help kids gain weight: My favorite smoothies

In order to help gain weight, I drink a shake that has a lot of protein and calories. I bring one to school every day and drink it at lunch. The flavor is vanilla so I like it even more! I have tried a lot of shakes and this one is my favorite:

Organic Valley, Organic Fuel High Protein Milk Shake, Vanilla


We also make shakes in the morning for breakfast. These are my favorites:


























At night I can make an “ice cream shake”. To make your shake turn into ice cream just add extra frozen berries or frozen banana to the recipe you pick. If you are lucky maybe sometimes you can add real ice cream and that would be amazing


We have a Vitamix blender that I use to make all the shakes. If I use our other blender they come out too chunky. This blender is expensive so I have to be careful with it. Also, make sure you put the top on before you turn it on!!! If you forget your smoothie will spray all over the cabinets and ceiling and your parents won’t be happy!


I also try to eat more than I usually want to eat and I even eat when I am not hungry. It is hard to eat a lot sometimes but I know it makes my body strong. If you play a sport and you want to get stronger you should eat protein.



If you are worried about your weight I understand

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