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Sometimes when you focus on a topic long enough all the news comes your way.

Today, a very large study showed a direct link between autism and obesity. Could it be any other way?  Does it always take a large study to convince us of the obvious?




Looking in from a macro vantage point; it is so clear that Obesity sits on top of the chronic disease pyramid and a whole array of other health problems.  Obesity is an epidemic of with massive short-term consequences.  We are only now realizing the true extent of the issue as the data is catching up with the reality.

The point to remember is all the studies and data are lagging indicators.  By the time the data catches up to the epidemic it is too late to make significant corrections.

A good offense is much more effective than a good defense when relating to health.  Prevention relies on making decisions now that offer long-term defenses.

Prevention is your offense.

I am keeping this post short  and letting the study speak for itself.  Ian

Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto:

Compared to women of normal weight, the women who were obese during pregnancy  were 1.66 times more likely to have a child with autism. The likelihood that  these women had children with developmental delays was even higher – more than  double the chance.

Mothers who were diabetic during their pregnancies had a 2.33 times greater  chance of having a child with a developmental disorder than moms without the  condition.  While these women also had a greater chance of having autistic  children, the results were not statistically significant.

Even if children with obese mothers weren’t autistic or did not have a  developmental problem, they still had a likelihood of being behind in their  classes.

“We also looked at all of the children and looked at their scores in terms of  language development,” Hertz-Piciotto said.  “We did different measures of  intellectual capacity and found that in general, moms who had these [weight and  metabolic] conditions – their children tended to score a little bit lower.   So, it might indicate a general dampening of how the brain is  developing.”

The results of this study are significant considering the increase in  America’s obesity rates.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC), more than 60 percent of women of childbearing age in the U.S.  are overweight, while more than 31 percent of them are obese.  Obesity  during pregnancy is becoming a very common condition, affecting one in five  women.

And obesity isn’t the only condition on the rise.  The CDC recently  released an estimate that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect one in 88  children in the United States – the highest prevalence to date.

Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a professor of public health sciences at UC Davis and  senior author of the study Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/06/moms-pregnancy-weight-may-increase-risk-autism-developmental-disorders/?test=latestnews#ixzz1rYKN5D4r