Is Autism Caused by Obese Mothers?

by Cubby on April 9, 2012 · 7 comments

It could be, according to new research.  The explosion of obesity in this country coincides with the explosion autism, so it makes sense to me.

But what causes the obesity?  Is it the fact that now more than ever people eat their meals out nearly every day.  Perhaps the mothers of autistic kids spent their pregnancy eating fast food (McDonald’s) all the time, becoming fatter and fatter and giving their kids autism.  Perhaps someday researchers will say that it isn’t so much the fact that mothers are obese as much as it is that mothers eat McDonald’s during pregnancy and that is what causes the autism.

Maybe, at some point in the future, researchers will tell us that the huge doses of antibiotics and hormones that are pumped into the cows and chickens that are eventually turned into Quarter Pounders and McNuggets is what is really causing the autism epidemic. I wonder, will Americans change their eating habits?

Tony P April 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

More to the point, the replacement of sugars by HFCS.The increased incidence sort of coincides with it.

And why the rise of HFCS? Because of the artificial trade barriers on sugar that were designed to protect the U.S. sugar industry (Hello Domino Sugar).

Cubby April 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

HFCS could be doing it too, you’re right. I read that sugar levels in the blood of pregnant women has a big effect on fetal brain development.

Another possibility is the presence of the gasoline additive MTBE in the nation’s water supplies. I wouldn’t be surprised if a link is discovered between MTBE and autism.

Urspo April 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

alas, the etiology of autism has so many variables the answer is we do not know what causes it. So it is wide open for any and everyone’s pet theory, from fluoride in the water to reprobate living. Usually autism is caused by the thing the speaker finds the most loathsome in other people.

Cubby April 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

Well, you know where I stand on McDonald’s and fast food in general. I won’t be happy until there is a padlock on every one of them.

wondermann April 10, 2012 at 2:22 am

Wow, learn something new everyday

Blobby April 10, 2012 at 8:02 am

I love widespread blanket articles like this. NOT.

Since I have an autistic nephew and my sister wasn’t obese before, during or after the pregnancy. If 1 out of 88 children are now born with Autism, chances are it is not a weight control issue.

And the very study they write about admits says: The study lacks information on blood tests during pregnancy. There’s also no information on women’s diets and other habits during pregnancy that might have influenced fetal development..

Um….wouldn’t this have been the most influential pieces of data to have if conducting a study like this?

Cubby April 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

I think this was an analysis of historical data. What’s that called? A backwards-looking study? Anyway, based on this news someone may be able to get funding to do a real study. Unless of course the fast food PAC plies Congress enough for them to defund any sort of study that may put fast food profits in jeopardy. I’m guessing this morning there is an ARMY of McDonald’s lobbyists descending on Washington with their pockets bulging with cash.

My niece is thin and had 4 children. Child #2 is high-functioning autistic. He’s 15 years old now and I have no doubt will someday be a phenomenal engineer. Clearly obesity is not the sole factor, but it may be a contributing factor.

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