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Guest blogger Jenny: Some moms are desperate to lose weight--even going as far as taking their own kid's ADHD meds to do it.

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Within 5 months of giving birth to my son, I had lost a good amount of baby weight. Even though I was eating like Michael Phelps, I was breastfeeding exclusively and burning up calories faster than I could take in. For me, breastfeeding was like a miracle drug (kind of like that skinny-inducing case of mono I had when I was 16). But when I stopped nursing 2 months later, reality hit and the weight loss stopped. I was going to have to lose my muffin top the good ol' fashioned way: Diet and Exercise. UGH.

But for many new (and old) moms, the idea of getting their now-fat asses to the gym to lose weight requires time, energy and attention that they don't have. Ironically, many mothers are now using their kid's ADD medication to help lose the weight. Adderall, an amphetamine drug used to primarily treat Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder, not only helps increase concentration, but it can decrease appetite and speed up weight loss.  

While the idea of having enough energy and focus to change diapers, mop the floor AND fit into my skinny jeans without having to OD on coffee OR break a sweat sounds mighty tempting, the thought of using my child's "disorder" as a crutch for my own disorder seems ludicrous. What kind of a parent not only takes medicine from a child who needs it, but would dare to set the dangerous example of taking a medication prescribed for someone else?

Pill-popping may seem as natural as breastfeeding, but there's nothing miraculous about it. It is the easy way out.  But if it's speed you're looking for, it certainly is the FASTEST way to show your child that you're out of control. Do we have your attention?

What do you think of moms who take their kid's meds to lose weight? Comment now.


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15 comments so far | Post a comment now
Carol August 21, 2008, 5:54 PM

It is wrong and illegal. Parenting and home life might need to be looked at regarding ADD if this kind of thing is happening.

foxymama August 21, 2008, 6:02 PM

Very wrong…but I do understand desperation when it comes to wanting to lose weight.

Formerly Fat August 21, 2008, 9:14 PM

lay off the chicken nuggets and mac n cheese and maybe you wouldn’t need to put your child at risk by taking illegal medication.

Anonymous August 27, 2008, 12:38 AM

Well that’s just wonderful. You know almost all ADD/ADHD drugs are class 2 narcotics (ritalin and adderall are speed) which means they are highly chemically addicting drugs that have similar addictive components as percocet and oxycontin. These people are ridiculous!
These moms that pop these pills are also the first ones to complain about heroin and coke addicts. Guess where they got their start from…HINT HINT

Kate August 30, 2008, 12:51 PM

I actually have Adult ADD and am prescribed medication for it. It has a different affect on people who actually have the disorder. The medication slows me down, and allows me to focus, it doesn’t speed me up. I wish I could lose those last 10 lbs of baby weight (my child is 2years old - lol). But, this is certainly not the way to do it. It’s just wrong and really kind of disgusting. Stealing from your children?! Come on, people.

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