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Autism is Linked to Obesity.
With 20% of children classified as obese in the US, pediatric obesity is a growing health concern. Now, there is evidence from recent research that autism is linked to obesity. In a clinical sample of 6672 autistic children the odds of overweight and obesity were significantly higher compared to healthy children. While this association does not prove causation, another study found that children with autism exhibit high food selectivity (i.e limited food repertoire and strong preference over certain foods) which may lead to weight gain in case of over-consumption of nutrient-poor discretionary foods and drinks. Obesity in autistic children may also be caused by the anti-psychotic drugs which affect the metabolism, leading to weight gain. These findings agree with those of CDC whereby children with autism face twice the risk of obesity than typical children. But how can we lower the possibility our children develop autism? A study in 93,000 Norwegian children found that children to obese fathers have twice the risk of developing autism than children to fathers of normal weight. Parents should practice natural strategies to help children with autism lose weight. Some of these include Sonic Whole Body Vibration, Physical Activity, Homeopathics for weight loss, Nutritional Planning, and Supplementation. Obese parents, on the other hand, should make sure they lose excess weight before they give birth to a child. Nutrisystem is a clinically studied weight loss program which delivers portion-controlled food at home. In the last 10 years, thousands of married couples in the US have used Nutrisystem coupons to join this diet program and lose weight effectively. Regardless of the weight loss method that is chosen, the CDC recommends that in order to lose weight and keep it off, physical activity and diet adjustment is needed.
Acad. Pediatr. Broder-Fingert S. et al. 14, 408-414 (2014) Occurrence of obesity and overweight in a large clinical sample of children with autism.
AutismSpeaks.org - Autism and Obesity: When Exercise and Healthy Diet Aren’t Enough