More specifically, the researchers studied relationships between maternal metabolic conditions and the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders and found that
…mothers who were obese were 67 percent more likely to have a child with ASD than normal-weight mothers without diabetes or hypertension, and were more than twice as likely to have a child with another developmental disorder.
Mothers with diabetes were found to have nearly 67 percent more likely to have a child with developmental delays as healthy mothers. However, the proportion of mothers with diabetes who had a child with ASD was higher than in healthy moms but did not reach statistical significance.
The researchers also found that over 20 percent of the mothers of children with ASD or developmental delay were obese, versus 14 percent of the mothers of typically developing children.
Obesity itself increases the risk of diabetes and hypertension; the study suggests that the health issues in mothers can contribute to children being themselves at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Or might it be possible that the study’s authors found that higher numbers of mothers of children with an ASD are obese because there are simply more people who are obese today?
My husband and I have been more inclined to consider our two families’ medical histories (which include ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder) in light of Charlie being autistic; we see aspects of these, and of ourselves, in him. However Charlie came to be Charlie, we love and learn from him always for being the unique individuals — the very special boy — that he is.
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