Kids with autism at higher risk for obesitySep 12, 2018
The study was led by University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and co-authored by Carolyn G. DiGuiseppi, MD, MPH, PhD professor of epidemiology and Susan Johnson, PhD, associate professor of community and behavioral health at ColoradoSPH.
It also found mothers across all groups with pre-pregnancy overweight or obesity were almost 2.5 times more likely to have a child with overweight or obesity at ages 2-5 than other mothers. The risk for childhood obesity across all groups was also 1.5 times greater for mothers who exceeded the recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy.
"Healthy growth patterns during infancy, in particular, may carry special importance for children at increased risk for an ASD diagnosis, including high-risk populations such as former premature infants, younger siblings of children with ASD, children with genetic disorders that predispose to ASD and others," said Tanja Kral, PhD, Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences and lead author of the study.