A new research study at the University of California suggests that women who were obese during pregnancy were about 67 percent more likely than normal-weight women to have children with autism. They also faced double the risk of having children with other developmental delays.
The study involved about 1,000 California children, ages 2 to 5. Nearly 700 had autism or other developmental delays, and 315 did not have those problems.
“This is quite a concern”, said Tampa’s own Dr. Nelson Mane’, “especially with regard to the rates with which Obesity is increasing in our society, including pregnant mothers.”
More than one-third of U.S. women of child-bearing age are obese.
Since the CDC’s recent statistics on Autism rates increased to 1 in 88 chance of having a child with autism; the results suggest that obesity during pregnancy would increase that to a 1 in 53 chance.
“There are many risks factors that have been linked with Autism, including genetics, premature birth, jaundice, maternal and paternal age, etc. however this particular risk factor of Obesity during pregnancy can be avoided and controlled by maintaining a healthy weight and diet during pregnancy”, adds Dr. Mane’.
When it comes down to any and all risk factors that may contribute to Autism and our children it is imperative to take note and take all necessary precautions. Their successful future and ours depends on it!