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A Link Between Autism and Obesity During Pregnancy? Maybe-Maybe Not

In the news today lots of people are talking about the Case-Control study of 1004 mothers that may point to obesity being a cause of autism. If you read the statistics and numbers it seems frightening and very conclusive but you must remember that these numbers have been pulled out of the study and used by journalists to make headlines. I would be interested to know if they study looked at all factors that can make a group similar aside from metabolic conditions.What about diet, hair color, socioeconomic region, prenatal care etc.

I don’t think if you read the study further that it really says obesity in a mother is a cause of autism it simply says there seems to be a connection that we ought to look at further. But really I think our efforts and money would be better spent on treating Autism because when it comes down to it once you have that diagnosis you can’t turn back time and change your weight or whatever while you were pregnant. Just love your child and yourself and give your family the best life you can.

For some further reading check out these articles:

Saying obesity in a mother causes autism is careless

Obesity and Autism risk

Mother’s obesity and links to autism

Obese moms more likely to have autistic child

Mom’s obesity tied to autism

Possible link between maternal obesity and autism highlights importance of healthy lifestyle

 

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