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April 9th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Mom's weight may be risk factor for autism

A mother's weight and diabetic condition may increase the risk of her unborn child developing a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as autism, according to a new study published in this week's journal Pediatrics.

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute in California found that mothers-to-be who were obese were 67% more likely to have a child with autism as opposed to normal-weight mothers without diabetes or hypertension.

And a pregnant woman who is obese doubles her child's risk of having another developmental disorder (poor communication skills, lack of attention) compared to a child born to a mother at healthy weight.

The study included 1,004 mother-and-child pairs who were enrolled in the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment Study (CHARGE). Most of the families were from Northern California, with a small group living in Los Angeles.

The children were between 24 and 60 months old; 517 children had autism; 172 with other developmental disorders; and 315 were developing normally. The participants were enrolled between January 2003 and June 2010.

When it came to women with diabetes, researchers discovered they had more than two times the chance of having a child with developmental delays as opposed to those without diabetes.

"I was surprised at how strong the obesity effect was on new-born children and their cognitive development," said Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, professor of Epidemiology and a researcher at the MIND Institute . "And we didn't just look at weight," she continued. "We looked at diabetes, and hypertension in mothers to see how those conditions affected their children. It was pretty significant."

The study also found that children with autism who were born to diabetic mothers had greater deficits in communication skills than the children with autism born to healthy mothers. Yet, many children who were not diagnosed with autism, but had diabetic mothers, also showed some signs of socialization problems as well as poor communication skills, compared to the non-autistic children of healthy women.

"Over a third of U.S. women in their childbearing years are obese and nearly one-tenth have gestational or type 2 diabetes during pregnancy," said Paula Krakowiak, a biostatician with the MIND Institute. "Our finding that these maternal conditions may be linked with neurodevelopment problems in children raises concerns and therefore may have serious public-health implications."

For more than a decade researchers have been looking for a genetic cause for autism. But new research suggests multiple genetic mutations make a child susceptible for the disorder.

In recent years, scientists have also been looking for environmental triggers that push these genetically susceptible children over the edge. As the search for these triggers continues, this research seems to suggest obesity may be one of those triggers in some cases.

Its authors say this is the first study to examine associations between neurodevelopmental disorders and maternal metabolic conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 60% of U.S. women of childbearing age are overweight, 34% are obese, and 16% have metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes.

Nearly 9% of U.S.women of childbearing age are diabetic, and more than 1% of U.S. pregnancies are complicated because the mother has high blood pressure.

Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes and hypertension and can increase insulin resistance and inflammation in the body. Study authors suggest in women with diabetes, unregulated sugar in the body can result in prolonged fetal exposure to high glucose levels which doctors say can affect brain development in unborn children.

"The fetus depends on the mother for nutrients," noted Dr. Hertz-Picciotto. "So at certain times in the fetal development if sugar levels or other nutrients are too high or too low, the imbalance can affect the fetus, especially when it comes to the brain."

But Hertz-Picciotto said there was good news from this study.

"The best thing about this is a lot of this can be modified," she said. "If you are thinking about getting pregnant, watch your weight and if you have diabetes have your doctor keep a close eye on you so you keep your glucose under control while you're carrying your baby."


soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. dave

    Scientists and Doctors – "the mother's weight could be a factor"
    Bleach blonde silicone Playboy ditz - "it is the doctor's fault"

    Who do you think American women are going to believe –they have a RIGHT to do anything they want – get pregnant at any age, with or without a father for the child and kill it if they CHOOSE

    April 9, 2012 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • I call BS

      And you're an authority on this issue? Cite your qualifications, dingus.

      April 9, 2012 at 21:01 | Report abuse |
    • JillAmerican

      Dave, Dave, Dave, every child has a father.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:52 | Report abuse |
    • Lie

      You are insane

      April 20, 2012 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
    • Lie

      You are insane...........is not even a word for you

      April 20, 2012 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    Carissa – your personal experience is meaningless

    April 9, 2012 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • I call BS

      So is yours. TIe!

      April 9, 2012 at 21:01 | Report abuse |
  3. PumpNDump

    Newsflash: Being a fat slob doesn't promote good health in you or your children. LOSE THE LARD. It's disgusting.

    April 9, 2012 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Alternatively

    Perhaps obesity et al do contribute to autism. It's possible that poor nutritional choices are the underlying factor, since obesity, diabetes and hypertension can all result from poor dietary choices. Perhaps the next experiment will focus on nutritional choices during gestation and occurance of autism?

    April 9, 2012 at 15:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Angus

      My thoughts exactly. So many of the meals we eat have ingredients that come from a box, bag, or can... what about all the preservatives and other non-food ingredients unintentionally we put in our bodies? That can't be good for making a healthy baby.

      April 11, 2012 at 15:34 | Report abuse |
  5. Melissa

    Perhaps it would have more to do with eating habits than just being overweight. I guess I am lucky, because I gained 70 lbs with my child and drank Mt. Dew and ate chips the whole time.

    April 9, 2012 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. BB

    I think it is ridiculous and dangerous to blame a mothers' weight for the increasing incidence of autism. I firmly believe there is a chronological time for the uptick and women have been all weights for all of time. The increase in autism started in the early nineties. Please pray for logical research to stop this awful disorder! This current study is bogus due to it's small sample and does not warrant national attention or CNN's airtime.

    April 9, 2012 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jojo61397

      I agree with you that it's dangerous to blame mothers. I disagree with you that autism is a horrible condition. I have aspergers and my son has autism. It's hard, no doubt, but awful, eh not so much. It could be so much worse. I would say I'm blessed, I just lost a really good friend of mine to cancer, I would take autism/aspergers any day of the week and twice on Sunday. My son and I are healthy, we are happy, and we, for the most part, like ourselves.

      April 9, 2012 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      I agree, this is not science
      an unrepeated study of a sample of only 1,000 people, in one location and they are calling these findings troubling? i call them nonsense unless it can be duplicated and confirmed a few times over a larger more diverse sampling then its simply a result, no real indication of a correlation
      the article uses the common problem of obesity as some sort of excuse for the epidemic, but the very fact that obesity/diabetes is so common makes it questionable

      these people are scientists?????????

      April 12, 2012 at 05:30 | Report abuse |
    • AustinTX

      Most of the mothers I know who have children with Autism, including me, were damn fit while pregnant and affluent too. Our common denominator was good healthcare and regular visits to the doctor for vaccinations. Never used to see poor mothers on medicare with autistic children at our therapy visits until they started offering free vaccinations everywhere and requiring them to enter school. Just my observation.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
  7. bob md

    I think people should look into a link between vaccines and autism. This has never been investigated.

    April 9, 2012 at 16:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PC

      Actually this link has been studied several times and no link between vaccines and autism is scientifically proven. The original work linking these two has been shown to be seriously flawed and has been recanted.

      April 9, 2012 at 17:19 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I think you might be missing Bob's sarcasm here...

      April 9, 2012 at 19:25 | Report abuse |
  8. Jess

    sounds like a bogus study...though cleverly supports all the obesity talk and discrimination in the media.

    April 9, 2012 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SA

      Thank You!!

      April 9, 2012 at 19:44 | Report abuse |
    • Baever

      So what, are you trying to tell us that there are no health risks associated with being overweight because it OFFENDS YOU?

      This could end up being another no-name experiment that simply dies off after three more studies arise to refute it... or it could end up becoming one of the most crucial discoveries in the last ten years in relation to autism and how to better prevent it. Why even BEGIN to scoff at the thought of such promise?

      April 15, 2012 at 20:04 | Report abuse |
  9. yikes

    I have a problem with all of these so-called studies on everything and anything. I'm 60 now and had 2 extremely healthy boys 2 yrs apart even though I was obese. My pre-pregnancy weight was 185 (5'6") and I gained 25 lbs in each pregnancy. My sons don't have autism and they had all of their vaccines. I have my own theory about autism – I believe it has something to do with medications that moms take during pregnancy – maybe, anti-depressants. It is a drug that is much more prevalent now than decades ago. So why isn't there any studies done about that? Maybe because anti-depressants are huge profits for the pharmaceutical industry. It seems all of the studies are focused on what a child had since birth that changed them rather than what they were born with. Anyways, autism is a very real disorder as one of my sons teaches low-spectrum autistic children. I do know that those parents have to have extraordinary amounts of patience and understanding and I admire them with compassion and respect.

    April 9, 2012 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      Actually, there are quite a few studies looking at medications women take while pregnant–including antidepressants–and autism rates.

      Just out of curiosity, if this report had been about one of those studies–one that already agrees with your preconceived beliefs about the subject–would you still refer to it as a "so-called study"?

      April 9, 2012 at 19:29 | Report abuse |
  10. Jenny

    What we are calling autism today is something entirely different. The CDC says 1 in 88 children have (autism). It is an epidemic. It is a neuro-immune disease. When you raise a child with these symptoms, you know it is very real and these children are very sick. They don't just have developmental and speech delays, they have cronic IBS, headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, rashes, allergies, cronic ear infections.... A few doctors are treating our children biomedically and they are getting better, but we need to quit calling it autism and start calling it a disease. The funding needs to be in finding the correct treatments/drugs and possibly a vaccine someday.

    April 9, 2012 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. theresa

    Look into the wheat, it is the reason for diabetics and obesity today...go to wheatbelly.com. why is the government not investigating this?

    April 9, 2012 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Christine Anderson

    Well, this article just confirmed what I think about every day-it's my fault. Combine my family's genetics with my age when my son with severe autism was born (36), with gestational diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and yes, my obesity, and you get a guilty verdict. To the nasty male posters who have made comments such as "lose the lard" and "it's disgusting", go screw yourselves. We women who are not skinny feel guilty enough without your devaluations. People like you are the reason I think men are pigs.

    April 9, 2012 at 18:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • yikes

      Christine – you are not at fault. Please don't believe all men are pigs. I do agree with you that many who comment are but I don't think they are men – I think they are in junior high and just trying to get a rise out of anyone they can. I'm sorry for your situation and I know it is tough on you and other people who care for your son. I will say a thoughtful prayer for you to feel better!

      April 9, 2012 at 18:30 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Christine-
      You're not at fault. Obesity may be a factor in autism, but even still, it's one among many. As a doctor, I can tell you that blaming yourself just isn't supported by the evidence.

      As a man, I can tell you that the people making short-sited, mean spirited and generally useless comments on this forum about fat people are what's known on the internet as "trolls." They are generally sad, isolated people who are unable to to find an outlet for their hostility in the real world, so they troll discussion boards like this one to find a place to vent their anger and cruelty in what they perceive to be a consequence free environment. The good news is that they exist purely to get a reaction from you, and all you have to do to be rid of them is ignore them.

      April 9, 2012 at 19:46 | Report abuse |
    • A scientist

      Finding an explanation for autism is not the same as assigning blame or fault. If we knew exactly what caused autism, and people chose to ignore the advice of doctors, then it might reasonably be their fault. However, if someone had no way of knowing that an action puts their child at risk, then no one would blame them.

      The goal of this research is not to assign blame, it is to better understand the causes so that we can save future generations. Many of this board seem to want to prevent this sort of research because it might make parents like you feel bad. I would think that a parent of an autistic child would feel the exact opposite - that after witnessing the challenges of autism, they would want scientists to do everything possible to save other parents from going through what they are dealing with.

      April 10, 2012 at 22:24 | Report abuse |
  13. john smiith

    There's a saying in statistics that if you make the sample size large enough, you can obtain the P-value you want

    April 9, 2012 at 18:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Christine Anderson

    I worked as an R.N. when I was pregnant with my autistic son. I had mono my first trimester (from on the job exposure), when his neurological systems were forming. My now deceased sister and I had different mothers and the same father; we both had sons with autism. With due respect to the poster who has Asperger's, whether or not autism is considered a "horrible" disease depends on how greatly the affected person's life is impaired. My nephew could live on his ownand hold a job with support. My son will never be able to live alone; we hope he will be able to work a job in a supported program.

    April 9, 2012 at 18:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. momstamps

    I have seen the studies recently about maternal age, paternal age, and mother's obesity all increasing the risk of having a child with autism as those factors increase. But I don't think age/obesity alone are to blame in and of themselves. I was 24 when my first son was born, my husband 22 and I was the skinniest I'd been in my adult life (5'7" and 145 lbs) and that child is severely autistic. Since then I've only gotten older and fatter and have had three more children – all of which are totally neurotypical! In fact, they started reading before kindergarten (with little help from me) and the oldest of the three is in the gifted program at school. So, I still have no answers on what caused this to happen to my first son.

    April 9, 2012 at 19:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. percysmama

    one more reason not to be fat.

    April 9, 2012 at 19:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Niall

      Well if anything good came out of this, I guess it hiheilggthd how far you have come. Maybe it helps a little to be reminded that, earlier in your journey, you truly wanted a cure. I sure did and it took me a LOT longer than you to get past that point. I still struggle with it at moments. Why can't my sweet girl's life be EASIER? (For that matter why can't MY life me a little easier? *LOL*) Then I think about her Asperger traits (about 2/3 of which are the same as her gifted traits ) and I realize I wouldn't wish any of it away. Almost. The anxiety/depression (which I believe is linked to AS) THAT I would wish away in a fraction of a second if I could. Sorry to ramble. Have a good trip see y'all in January.

      August 1, 2012 at 20:11 | Report abuse |
  17. percysmama

    This could be the explanation we have been look for as to why Autism is on the rise.

    April 9, 2012 at 19:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Greg

    For Will, the vaccine maker, who said, "Vaccines do not cause autism, and there's not a single shred of evidence anywhere to suggest otherwise," two words – Hannah Polling. There's a shred out there...

    April 9, 2012 at 22:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      Who is Hannah Polling?

      April 10, 2012 at 19:04 | Report abuse |
    • A scientist

      Hannah Polling is someone that anti-vaccine people like to trot out, hoping that most people will be too ill-informed to realize that it is irrelevant to the current discussion.

      For those not familiar, Hannah Polling was a young girl with a mitochondrial disorder. This specific disorder generally lies dormant until the child's body encounters a stress - this can be the first time they get the flu, or just a fever. This stress can trigger the onset of symptoms that resemble autism. When Hannah got one of her vaccines, she spiked a fever, and relatively shortly thereafter began to manifest autism-like symptoms. The vaccine court decided that they couldn't rule out the possibility that the vaccine helped trigger the symptoms. (It should be noted that the burden of proof is much lower in the vaccine court than traditional courts. For example, in this case even though there was no proof that the vaccine caused the symptoms, she was awarded money because the court couldn't rule out the possibility.)

      So why is this irrelavant? First, this girl had a well-characterized severe genetic disease. While the vaccine may have acted as the trigger to exacerbate symptoms, if she hadn't gotten the vaccine, some other stress almost certainly would have triggered them - her first severe cold, the flu, a fever, etc. Of course if the anti-vaccine people had their way and no one got vaccinated, then we would return to an era where most kids get measles or chicken pox; either of these could have triggered her symptoms, so ending vaccinations wouldn't help someone like Hannah. Second, this girl didn't actually develop autism - she developed a condition with symptoms that partially overlap with autism; while some of her symptoms resemble autism, others do not. In other words, she is not remotely representative of the autism epidemic.

      In short, if you are one of the very rare people who have a family history of severe mitochondrial disease, by all means discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of vaccines. If not, this is just smoke and mirrors from the anti-vaccine community.

      April 10, 2012 at 22:17 | Report abuse |
  19. Mike

    What amazes me the most about articles like this is how gullible people really are. Doctors have listed many reasons why kids have autism throughout the years, anyone can wikipedia that. Why anyone would believe a doctor is beyond me. We hung German doctors after WWII because of the heinous acts they caused in Germany. Our doctors deal the same garbage as they did and also get paid by pharmaceuticals to state that their products, drugs and vaccines are good for you despite the millions that have died from taking them. Doctors and nurses are nothing more than poisoners...

    April 9, 2012 at 23:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Luk

    Is it coincidence that they come out with this unproven longshot for a possible link to autism , just days after major revelations through scientific studies and out cries by everyone from celebrities to parents that there IS a definant connection between Autism and the over dosing of small children with too many Vaccines in short periods of times.

    Check out this link and video.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/035486_Donald_Trump_vaccines_autism.html

    Also just Youtube search Autism , vaccines and youll get Hundreds of independent studies, and personal testimonies and conferences about the vaccines-autism connection.

    Over weight?
    I know of two friends that are in as good shape as any woman and have Autistic children. Children that were fine and bright until their doses of vaccines were administered.
    Very shortly after that,the children started demonstrating symptoms.

    This Has to be Addressed.
    This is a connection that Billion Dollar big Pharma companies Do Not want looked at.

    April 10, 2012 at 01:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Confused

      So I am 16 weeks along right now and I have been trying to research how I can prevent my child from being autistic. One of my best friends who is 5'1, 130 has a 6 year old boy who is severly autistic, never has been overweight. And she noticed after he had his vaccines that there was an immediate change in him.

      So what am I supposed to do? I hear that our children are supposed to get vaccinated so that they can go to school. Suggestions????

      April 10, 2012 at 11:17 | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      Worry more about your child DYING from polio or diphtheria than about them developing autism. The link to vaccines has been repeatedly disproven and the most recent studies have shown that there may be nearly 1000 different genes that contribute to autism. If you are ridiculously wealthy, have a full sequencing of your genome and the child's and the fathers. Or just donate the $150,000 to autism research. If you want to guarantee that you will not have an autistic child, abort now. There is no way to tell if the child is autistic until the symptoms start in late infancy, early toddlerhood. There is a way to tell if you are an idiot-believer Jenny McCarthy and a discredited Brit over decades of actual medical studies.

      April 10, 2012 at 18:11 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Wow. Just when I thought your sources couldn't get any more ridiculous (Natural News(!)), I see "Donald Trump" at the end of the link. This has got to be a new low in American credulity. Congratulations. OH, and @Confused: VACCINATE YOUR KIDS.

      April 10, 2012 at 19:27 | Report abuse |
    • A scientist

      So the "major revelation" that you cite that proves a "definant connection" between vaccines and autism is that Donald Trump believes that there is a connection? This has to be the most ridiculous comment that I have ever seen. I won't belabor the point, because others have made it better than me, but study after has looked at this issue, and none has found a connection.

      If you can't tell the difference between a scientific study and a off-hand comment from Donald Trump, maybe you should leave the conversation to the adults in the room.

      April 10, 2012 at 22:01 | Report abuse |
  21. Ashleigh Kirk

    So yet another attempt by academics to be famous and get tenure etc. by coming up with a new explanation for something. Not to worry if this isn't your favorite, there'll be more soon.
    Just to add a little clarity, autism is not a new condition that first appeared in 1942. That was another case of a Dr trying to get fame and status by renaming the wheel. The word autism had been in use in Europe for over a hundred years. Children we now diagnose as autistic were then included as a form of hebrephrenic or simple schizophrenia because of their social and developmental delays and lack of hallucinations. All that happened is this category of symptoms was put into it's own department. It was increasingly diagnosed as more specialists knew the term and the symptoms in that category. No-one knows what causes that group of symptoms. No-on is even sure if all the autistic cases have the same cause. Autism is diagnosed on symptoms not cause.

    April 10, 2012 at 03:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      So were the scientists who sorted out the distinctions between autism and schizophrenia also just fame chasing fools? I guess it would be nice if every question could be answered with one great study. That scientist could get a Nobel Prize, and the rest should just quit, right? That's not how science–or advancement in any field–works.

      Why are you attacking people for trying to understand something, however incompletely, just because they don't' have all of the answers yet?

      April 11, 2012 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
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    April 10, 2012 at 05:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. KCRose

    Obesity during pregnancy is mostly the mother's fault! If you gain 80 lbs because you decide you get to eat what you want and dont work out, who else is at fault? We blame mothers for drinking and smoking during pregnancy and the awful outcomes those have, how is being fat any different. And btw I am a currently pregnancy women (7 months preggo). I have only gained 16 lbs so far, well within the healthy range. My husbands ex wife gained 80 lbs during her pregnancy by eating fast food almost every day and her son has an austism spectrum disorder. I have always believe that it is the food that we eat that is causing the increase in disorders such as these. The amount of chemicals in our food is absurd.

    When you are pregnancy you are creating a new life! If anything you need to be more carefull (extremely). Because what you do now will affect your child for the rest of their life.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:22 | Report abuse | Reply
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  25. artsygirly

    There was just an article that stated that women who are dieting when pregnant are likely to have children who become obese due to a lack of nutrients. On the other hand, parents who are overweight are statistically more likely to have overweight and obese children. Conversely according to this article the mother's weight is responsible for developmental disabilities and autism? So what advice are we supposed to follow? Can't we just acknowledge that there is no one answer for complex physical issues such as obesity and autism?

    April 10, 2012 at 11:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      "Conversely according to this article the mother's weight is responsible for developmental disabilities and autism?"

      Please read the article more carefully! This is not what the article says. It says that a mother's weight seems to correlate with autism, therefore it MAY be a FACTOR. This is wholly–critically–different than saying "the mother's weight causes autism."

      April 11, 2012 at 10:45 | Report abuse |
    • Zirmaniy

      Janet I don't know if you understand how much I LOVE these contmmes! It does my heart well to hear this going into a new school year. I teach in a big public school district outside of Philadelphia, PA. I teach a class for kids with Autism, and we work on making them as successful as each of them can be in the regular education classrooms really working individually with each student so they can grow and learn! I LOVE my students with all of my heart, and they're the reason I put in the long hours for little pay! And hearing sweet things from people like you just reinforce what I already know. These kids are amazing and they have so many gifts to share with the world. I just pray that people are ready to see those gifts without seeing what they think is a disability first.

      December 18, 2012 at 07:05 | Report abuse |
  26. Erik

    So here's some ideas to follow up on this study:
    A) When looking at adopted children, does the autism rate correlate with birth mother's body mass index, or the adoptive mom's? This would separate prenatal and post-natal effects. I can imagine several scenarios where post-natal differences might affect the child's developmental status. But if the Au correlates with the birth mother, that right there points at pre-natal exposure.
    B) if you were to compare placental blood/amniotic fluid from children born to obese Au+ and Obese Au- mothers, Non-obese Au+ and Au- mothers, would you find a small, hydrophobic molecule present that correlates with Au+ in both cases? Is that molecule stored in adipose tissue? You'd have to store the samples at -80C for several years until the children's developmental status could be scored.

    April 10, 2012 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Janet Scyrkels

    i think it's time that "Sperm" should be tested for all the terrible things that can go wrong with a body....is anyone doing this.....since everything bad that happens to a body is always blamed on the women....step us cowboys, see what's really in your sperm....

    April 11, 2012 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Emily

    To all calling this bogus, I disagree. Yes it was a small first time study. Now that they have discovered this correlation, more larger studies will be completed to see how strong this link is. Maybe it is strong, maybe it's not. But this is how science works. The first step is always small. It's incorrect to call this "bogus." Premature maybe, but not bogus.

    April 13, 2012 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. albie

    The US has too many fat women – here's another good reason to malign them

    April 15, 2012 at 00:53 | Report abuse | Reply
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  31. LAB

    They are clutching at anything that points to the cause of autism because of its rampant appearance in the last 25 years. Autism has a broad spectrum and many people who were regarded as pains in the a$$ as children would now be classed as autistic in some way. Let's do find why it happens, but don't constantly direct blame at some one or some thing unless there is solid proof that what or whoever is causing the problem. Autism will take a long time to unravel; in the meantime, there are a whole host of other ills out there that can be supported by drug companies' claims, so if you don't think that some of this isn't being spurred by drug companies to get you to part with your $$ for a snake oil cure, think again.

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  32. Lie

    This is so untrue

    April 20, 2012 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Judith G. Howe

    WHAT? I WAS not overweight, nor did I have diabetes when I was pregnant with my autistic son!!! In the sixties no one told us about autism or Asberger's syndrome!!! I BLAMED MYSELF FOR 45 (FORTY-FIVE) YEARS AND MADE MYSELF ILL-I have every health problem in the book-except Cancer, thank goodness, and I HAVE GONE TO THERAPY AND COUNSELLING for
    years and years and have just STOPPED FEELING GUILTY ABOUT MY SON, and NOW you want to blame us Again !! this is
    irrespnsible and has to be untrue!!!!!!! from Grammie Judy

    April 20, 2012 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Cleo

    I am confused by the prahse "recovering children from autism". They were not lost, they have always been right in front of us, but we as a society in general for one reason or another have not wanted to acknowledge that anything was different.

    June 30, 2012 at 18:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. zie

    I haven't seen anyone mention anything about the overuse of ultrasound during pregnancy being linked to autism

    September 17, 2012 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
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