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New Study Shows Link Between Maternal Obesity and Autism in Children


A recent new study indicates obese mothers are 67 times more likely to bear children with autism than mothers of normal weight.


Dr Craig Erickson, is the Director of Christian Sarkine Center for Autism at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.  He says while the study adds to the many theories on the causes of autism, it is only the first study of its kind and too early to make a firm link between the two issues.  The initial numbers narrow the gap of potential autims cases from 1 in 88 to 1 in 53.

Dr. Erickson says there are many other factors that are believed to contribute to autism that include the genetic mix from both parents and the obesity numbers may only represent a small specific number of factors in cases.  He says he would like to see further studies on the subject that might identify specific causes or combination of causes to gain a better understanding of the disorder.

He says the recent study doesn't dig deep enough and will take additional studies to solidfy the theory.


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