DOES living in a sunny place reduce the risk of a child developing ADHD?
Scientists say that it could, as Dutch researchers have found that sunny regions have a lower prevalence of the condition. They studied and analysed maps of US states and nine other countries to compare the levels of sunshine and children with hyperactivity. They conclude that high sunlight intensity may exert a ‘protective’ effect.
ADHD symptoms include poor attention and hyperactivity and it is the most common childhood psychiatric disorder, with an average worldwide prevalence of about 5 to 7 per cent.