Link Between Obesity During Pregnancy and Autism?
- Duration 1:16
- Date Apr 9, 2012
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
I am -- is live with the latest -- and yeah a lot keeps coming in now -- the latest figures show that one in 88 children is born with autism.
But according to this new study the odds go up to one in 53 if the mother is obese.
They're also twice as likely to have children with other developmental delays why.
One of the study's authors says obesity is linked to inflammation and sometimes elevated levels of blood sugar.
She says -- blood sugar and inflammation related substances in a mother's blood may reach the fetus and damage the developing brain.
More than a third of US women of childbearing age are obese.
Experts note that US ought to -- rates have increased along with obesity rates and they say that might not be a coincidence.
Previous research has linked obesity during pregnancy would still births preterm births and some birth defects the study is published online today in pediatrics.
It's authors say that more research is needed and even if proven obesity would be one of several potential causes genetics also linked to -- to some.
And scientists are examining whether mothers illnesses and use of certain medicines during pregnancy.
Might also play a role channel like -- set a lot to digest a lot to to you know continue to take a look at hopefully these clues lead somewhere -- and thank you very much you.