Autism in children is associated with adverse bodily conditions during pregnancy; Research


Researchers have found that autism is linked to obesity during pregnancy.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]This research has been published online in April 9 issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers worked on 1004 children in the age range of 2 to 5 years in California. Among those children, 517 children had autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), developmental delays have been found in 172 people and 315 showed typical developments. They collected data on the children’s mother’s bodily conditions and the study is thus referred to as Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment.

Researchers have found that the diet and exercise in pregnant woman is more linked to developmental delays in children, so women must have to keep a check on the conditions like obesity, hypertension and diabetes during pregnancy.

They have found that the obese women have 1.67 times more chances of having a child with ASDs than healthy women. Moreover, they have also 2.35 times more chances of children with developmental delays. They have also reported that the women with Type 2 or gestational diabetes during pregnancy have 2.33 times more chances to have children with developmental delays.

Researchers have concluded,

Maternal MCs (Metabolic Conditions) may be broadly associated with neurodevelopmental problems in children. With obesity rising steadily, these results appear to raise serious public health concerns.


Paula Krakowiak, MS, Cheryl K. Walker, MD, Andrew A. Bremer, MD, PhD, Alice S. Baker, BA, Sally Ozonoff, PhD, Robin L. Hansen, MD, and Irva Hertz-Picciotto, PhD, (2012). Maternal Metabolic Conditions and Risk for Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Pediatrics, doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2583

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