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Obese Mothers 67% More Likely to Have a Child with Autism

Anthony Gucciardi
April 10th, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 11:43 pm
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New research has drawn a direct link between obese mothers and autistic babies, finding that overweight pregnant women have a startling 67% higher chance of having an autistic child than those who are not. In the study, the researchers note that the extreme prevalency of obesity in the United States is serious cause for alarm, as autism rates continue to skyrocket.

Conducted between January 2003 and June 2010, scientists observed 1,000 California children between the ages of 2 and 5. With more than two-thirds of the study population being diagnosed with either autism or developmental delays, the researchers reached some shocking statistical conclusions. When compared with the average women, who has a reported 1 in 88 chance of having an autistic child, obese mothers have a whopping 1 in 53 chance. On a large scale, especially when considering the explosive obesity epidemic, that is a major difference.

One question the researchers did not ask, however, is whether or not the dietary and lifestyle factors that contribute to obesity are actually to blame — not just the excess fat itself. Common chemicals and contaminants like BPA and cadmium have previously been linked to birth disorders and even infertility, raising serious concerns over the consumption of these toxic substances. Cadmium exposure, for example, can be a result of cigarette smoking. Obese mothers are most likely partaking in many poor food choices and consuming large amounts of processed foods which contain mercury, aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated fats.

Autism researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto from the University of California explains that mothers planning a pregnancy should take a serious look at their lives and begin transforming them in order to help protect the health of their future children:

“If you are planning a pregnancy you might want to think about losing weight, getting your exercise routine in order and controlling your blood sugar,” said the researcher.

Obesity has not only been linked to the development of autism, but a number of other pregnancy-related disorders. Previous studies have discovered obesity to increase the risk of stillbirths, preterm births, and birth defects.

Other studies have linked obesity during pregnancy with increased risks of stillbirths, preterm births and birth defects.

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  • Chuck

    Actually this makes perfect sense. Mercury toxicity is one of the most overlooked causes of obesity. Neurotoxins such as mercury cause inflammation that affects hormones involved in weight loss. These neurotoxins enter the body and attach to fat and nerve cells. If you are neurotoxic you will not lose weight unless you address the issue.

    High levels of mercury are found in the adipose tissue of obese women and even more so, pregnant women. Their body protects the fetus from mercury by storing it in the body fat. Mothers with higher than average levels of mercury are therefore far more likely to be obese. Common mercury sources are thimerosol from vaccines such as Rhogam shots, flu shots, tetanus shots, Hepatitis B shots, common cosmetics, hair coloring agents, fish, sea food, and from mercury amalgam dental fillings. Mercury passes through the placental barrier and is also found in breast milk, and passed to the newborn during nursing.

    Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto should seriously reconsider her recommendation. Trying to lose weight would actually reduce the amount of adipose tissue available to store the mercury and more would be passed to the fetus.


    you have some nerve wtieing this garbage

  • Padre

    The 1982 movie "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" has a scene where the Governor (Charles Durning) sings "The Sidestep"; I enjoy playing it in the background when I read articles quoting "research" re-directing from the public's view the actual causes. I find it helps keep my blood-pressure down….

    No Lemmings nailed that one….

  • No Lemmings

    The following article shows what is happening in the medical establishment, as the clear evidence of a direct connection between thimerosal in vaccines and the autism epidemic takes center stage based upon their own internal documents. They're freaking out and grasping at lunacy to distract the good citizens who seek the truth. The establishment is freaking out over recent reports that the autism epidemic has exploded to 1 in 88 children, 1 in 52 boys. The real reasons for the autism epidemic are explained in the article below.


    The article (citing mother's obesity as a cause of autism) is simply more of the pap from the criminal medical establishment and vaccine cabal which cares not that they have poisoned literally hundreds of millions of children with hazardous waste levels of mercury from thimerosal, which is still in the vaccines (despite their attempt to sell the canard that the levels of mercury are really "safe") and caused the autism epidemic as a consequence. Their own internal memos verify it. They try to hide their guilt by gulling the average citizen (who still has some respect for the rapidly collapsing in credibility institutions which harm them) into diverting attention from their criminality and blaming all sorts of unrelated irrelevancy such as that which is posited in this article.

    The medical establishment will blame the victims' genes (just as if they would blame the genes of dinosaurs for their extinction event), the age of the father, the obesity of the mother, tv watching, etc.

    It is all proven tripe, ushered in by a groups of criminals unable to shake their criminality and allowed to be kept front and center by a criminal, corrupt and whorelike mainstream media, who can't tell the truth from the light of day. And it is all coming down on their heads.

    Yes, expectant mothers should keep their weight down, but far more importantly they should research the individual vaccines, their components, the mandated protocol (stated to be a forced criminal offense against our children) and the history of the vaccine program in order to get a feel for how to protect their precious children. More importantly, assume that the whatever the medical establishment and their whores in the mainstream media (does fourth stage syphilis explain this crap?) is positing as a cause for their crime in creating the autism epidemic (now 1 in 88 children, 1 in 52 boys). Your children's futures as well as your own are clearly at stake.

    • nicole

      Excellent commentary no Lemmings. I could'nt have said it better.