The rates of obesity, diabetes and autism are increasing. One fifth of all pregnant women are currently obese. The number of children with autism has increased to one out of 88. In a study that included 1004 maternal child pairs they found that women who were obese were 1.66 times more likely to have a child with autism and more than twice as likely to have children with developmental delays. Mothers who were diabetic were more than twice as likely to have children with developmental delays but the incidence of autism was not increased enough to reach the level of statistical significance. The authors recommend that women planning on pregnancy improve their health as much as possible. To see the entire article, click HERE.
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