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Obesity has many dangers including autism for an un-born

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Obesity has many bad or even dangerous obstacles for the body. Evenduring pregnancy obesity may increase chances for having a child with autism; from a study, co-author Paula Krakowiak and scientist at the University of California, Davis.  It's among the first studies linking the two, and though it doesn't prove obesity causes autism, the authors say their results raise public health concerns because of the high level of obesity in this country.

They studied women who were obese during pregnancy and found were about 67 per cent more likely than normal-weight women to have autistic children. They also faced double the risk of having children with other developmental delays.

On average, women in general face a 1 in 88 chance of having a child with autism; however the results of these studies suggest that obesity during pregnancy would increase that to a 1 in 53 chance. Previous research has linked obesity during pregnancy with stillbirths, preterm births and some birth defects.

It was noted that U.S. autism rates have increased along with obesity rates as the research suggests obesity may be more than a coincidence.

We are going to discuss this and much more concerning the dangers of obesity Wednesday May 9—2012 on the Aging younger radio show.