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Dachel Media Update: Fat Moms Make Autism? Fat Chance.

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

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Nov 22, 2015, OregonLive.com (Portland): Autism linked to unhealthy weight in OHSU study

Children with an autism diagnosis are more likely to be overweight or obese than kids of the same age without the disorder, according to a study from Oregon Health & Science University. . . .

With one in 68 U.S. children diagnosed with autism, unhealthy weight in this population is a public health issue, the study said.

The study listed several possible reasons for unhealthy weight among kids with autism: They tend to have narrower food preferences, spend more time in sedentary activities and take drugs whose side effects include weight gain. . . .

The observational study collected the heights and weights of 5,000 children between the ages of 2 and 17 who were enrolled in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network from 2008 to 2013 in 19 sites in the U.S. and Canada. . . .

But Dr. Fulgencio del Castillo, a developmental pediatrician with Providence Health & Services who was not involved in the study, called it "powerful," saying it confirms what many developmental pediatricians have observed.

It's easy for parents to understand why a child with autism might be overweight.  A lot of behavioral issues could be involved.  It's amazing that experts can spend time and money on this, with the cooperation of Autism Speaks, and yet NEVER look at a similar number of fully-vaccinated and never-vaccinated children to compare their  autism rates. 

This is "autism busywork."  It's a show for the public so they'll think someone is doing something.  I'm sure someone proposed a study to see if kids with ASD are more prone to obesity.  This is the kind of thing that will get funded--because it has NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT AUTISM IS DOING TO OUR CHILDREN OR ITS CAUSE.  It continues the myth that autism is a curiosity that we have all the time in the world to figure out.

It's similar to the periodic studies that come out associating autism with paternal choices/behavior:  fat moms, old moms, moms who marry old dads, moms who live too close to freeways, moms who have babies too close together, moms who drink, moms who smoke, moms who take antidepressants, moms who don't take enough folic acid, and the list goes on. 

And, if all else fails, redo the research a couple of years later, hoping that the public doesn't see this as the same old same old.  The most important feature of this kind of study is that it is never conclusive.  The endgame is always the same: autism will remain a perpetual mystery involving so many possible factors it's impossible to know anything for sure. 

Jul, 2013, CBS News: Study: Autism risk tied to mom's obesity during pregnancy

If mothers' obesity is truly related to autism, it would be only one of many contributing factors, said Coury, who was not involved in the study.

What other factors have been linked to autism? Genetics, mothers' illnesses and use of certain medicines during pregnancy are a few, according to the CDC.

April, 2012, NPR: Study Warns Of Autism Risk For Children Of Obese Mothers

A new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that moms who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have a child with autism or another developmental problem.

The finding is "worrisome in light of this rather striking epidemic of obesity" in the U.S., says Irva Hertz-Picciotto from the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis, one of the study's authors.

But it's not clear whether there's any connection between rising obesity rates and the increasing number of children diagnosed with autism, she says.


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Anne Dachel Book CoverAnne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.

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Jenny

The wording is designed to distract the ignorant public for sure, but for more informed people could there be a clue here? Overweight mothers-to-be may be in an undiagnosed metabolic/mitochondrial-challenged state (possibly due to being vaccinated themselves). Often times that state is accompanied by inflammation. Wouldn't that increase the baby's susceptibility to anything causing further inflammation (like a vaccine to the pregnant mother or newborn) or oxidative stress?

There have been some overweight mothers in history who have had babies that weren't autistic throughout the course of history, I'm sure. But obesity skyrocketed in the 20th century - the same century as vaccines. What are the rates of autism in the children of vaccinated overweight women vs unvaccinated overweight women?

Michelle B

Always enjoy your posts, Anne.

Here's what I notice about these studies, instead of citing "genetic" causes (whatever THAT means) the conclusions dictate that it's OUR fault! We didn't take enough folic acid, we're too fat, we live too close to highways, etc. Is it genetic or was it my behavior?

Here's what I am *guilty* of (and probably in good company here) I believed in the system, the AMA, the CDC, and the vaccines, of course.

And I got burned.

Margaret

My son hit 75 pounds at 4. As an adult, he's over 300 pounds. Exercise and changes in diet have not made a dent in the weight. I know quite a few adults with autism who are seriously overweight. It's not a coincidence, but don't hold your breath waiting for researchers to work on this aspect. Instead of nickel and diming problems, and making a difference in so many lives, the medical establishment ignores them, hoping to find that magic gene to explain it all and let them off the hook.

no6ody

"This is "autism busywork." It's a show for the public so they'll think someone is doing something."

Absolutely right, it's a misdirection. Look over here in pHarmaLand, where everything is Mom's fault and all doctors are saints! Meanwhile, the 'journalists' never look in Reality, and don't even think about following the money. Cigarettes, asbestos, thalidomide--whatever they're selling that's toxic, the playbook is the same. KleptoCorp$.

Lalia

You are so right about this being "autism busywork" and all "for show" to make it look like someone, somewhere is doing something about autism. Not so fast. It's a scam. We've been duped, conned, shammed so many times in the autism community, it should be a crime to keep lying to the public about what causes autism. Look, it doesn't take another research study to figure out that a mom's weight has nothing to do with autism, but somewhere, some goof ball in a lab, taking "data" wasted more time and money thinking about this nonsense. Screw you you imbecilic useless freaks of nature. Seriously, we've had enough of your lies and your useless, moronic, garbage research. FU. From the trenches of people dealing with autism on a daily basis. FU for reals.

go Rand

OMG another clear LINK ... PhD autism experts have found another clue !!! It all makes sense now... How much was spent to come up with this bs science ???

Can we send them more money for a follow up study ?

Of course, they no longer use the “study after study” from Denmark and their scientists wanted by the FBI for stealing millions of CDC dollars.

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