Motherhood obesity linked to children with Autism

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Frieslander
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09 Apr 2012, 6:07 am

Was your mother obese when pregnant with you, fellow ASD folks?

Just saw it on the television news, did not have time to read these articles yet, so apologies if they are copies of each other.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/0 ... disorders/

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/ ... utism-risk

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ ... story.html



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09 Apr 2012, 6:27 am

Oh, and I don't think my mother was obese when pregnant with me. I've seen pics of her right after her pregnancy with me, I think, and I think she looked pretty slim. However, she was on meds for treatment for depression when pregnant with me--they didn't think much of effects on the unborn from meds on the mother back then.



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09 Apr 2012, 6:32 am

Actually, yes my mum was overweight while pregnant with me. By the time my brother was born she was obese.



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09 Apr 2012, 6:36 am

My mother didn't become overweight before after my little sister was born. When she became pregnant with me she was quite skinny.



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09 Apr 2012, 6:53 am

Must everything be related to Autism? :roll:


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09 Apr 2012, 6:56 am

Joe90 wrote:
Must everything be related to Autism? :roll:


I was thinking this too.

When mum carried my brother (who also has Aspergers) she wasn't obese. No idea what she was like with me.



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09 Apr 2012, 7:01 am

Nope


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09 Apr 2012, 7:07 am

Wandering_Stranger wrote:
Joe90 wrote:
Must everything be related to Autism? :roll:


I was thinking this too.

When mum carried my brother (who also has Aspergers) she wasn't obese. No idea what she was like with me.

Ditto.

I'm sure this very well could be a factor, just like increased parental age, what with the rates of obesity and older parents being much higher nowadays, but I'm sick of all these "potential" causes. Saying everything is a cause of autism is just adding to hype and decreasing credibility of all this research.


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09 Apr 2012, 7:43 am

My mother has been obese most of her life-
according to my dad's mother,
she starved herself down to a size 14 just before I was conceived,
but then of course the weight came back.


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09 Apr 2012, 7:44 am

OddDuckNash99 wrote:
Wandering_Stranger wrote:
Joe90 wrote:
Must everything be related to Autism? :roll:


I was thinking this too.

When mum carried my brother (who also has Aspergers) she wasn't obese. No idea what she was like with me.

Ditto.

I'm sure this very well could be a factor, just like increased parental age, what with the rates of obesity and older parents being much higher nowadays, but I'm sick of all these "potential" causes. Saying everything is a cause of autism is just adding to hype and decreasing credibility of all this research.


Nothing was cited as a "potential cause".

The word "link" means a correlation.


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09 Apr 2012, 8:29 am

ValentineWiggin wrote:
Nothing was cited as a "potential cause". The word "link" means a correlation.

While correlation does not mean causation, all of these studies' correlation results are hyped in the media to sound like causes. The layperson doesn't bother to hear "correlation." They jump right to thinking it's a cause. And honestly, in science, all significant correlations are hoped to be discovered as a true cause someday. If this weren't the case, why would correlations even be considered important?


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09 Apr 2012, 8:33 am

ValentineWiggin wrote:
OddDuckNash99 wrote:
Wandering_Stranger wrote:
Joe90 wrote:
Must everything be related to Autism? :roll:


I was thinking this too.

When mum carried my brother (who also has Aspergers) she wasn't obese. No idea what she was like with me.

Ditto.

I'm sure this very well could be a factor, just like increased parental age, what with the rates of obesity and older parents being much higher nowadays, but I'm sick of all these "potential" causes. Saying everything is a cause of autism is just adding to hype and decreasing credibility of all this research.


Nothing was cited as a "potential cause".

The word "link" means a correlation.


Correlation, or clutching at straws? It always seems like the next study refutes the findings of the previous ones. The latest I've seen is that lapband surgery can cure type 2 diabetes better than diet and exercise. The studies they site never seem to have much time or even thought applied to their supposed findings. The media just runs with the health advice du jour until the next news cycle hits- no common sense need apply.



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09 Apr 2012, 8:43 am

What crap, did they really resort to 'yo momma is fat' now? :roll:


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09 Apr 2012, 8:43 am

My mam was a healthy weight, but she did drink and smoke (although not much) during the pregnancy. We're wondering if maybe she had Aspergers, but we don't know, because she gave me up for adoption quite early, and then I was fostered and adopted by my first memories. Although, it's also a possibility that my dad had Aspergers too. We just don't know, but mine is more likely hereditary than due to jabs or weight or any of this other stuff.


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09 Apr 2012, 9:49 am

If there's so many correlation and causes of Autism then why isn't Autism more common?


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