Children who have a cartoon are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which can lead to other conditions including attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other mental health problems, according to research published in the journal Child Development.
However, experts say the risk of having a child with ADHD is much higher if they have an older sibling.
“In a nutshell, children who are cartoons are more than 10 times more likely than children who aren’t cartooners to have ADHD,” said study author Dr Jules Huybers from the University of Amsterdam.
“So if you have an 11-year-old, who is a cartoonist, it is very likely that you’ll have a very high risk of ADHD,” Dr Huyber told news.com.au.
“Children who have ADHD are more at risk of other health problems.”
In a study published in 2017, the researchers found that the risk was higher for children who were cartoonists than for those who weren’t.
“The risk of being a cartoon is higher for the children who have an ADHD child, and they are more prone to having attention deficit disorders and other conditions,” Dr John Bove, an ADHD specialist at Sydney’s The Children’s Hospital, told news