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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 discount coupons and Nutrisystem discount codes 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.
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Autism and Vitamin D
A number of scientific research papers have been published on the relationship between vitamin D and autism. The first paper was published in 2008 by Dr John Cannell, and it showed that in areas with increased rainfall and cloud coverage there is a high occurrence of autism. What's interesting, regions in the USA with the lowest solar UVB—the rays that trigger Vitamin D production in the body—have the highest rate of autism in children. A groundbreaking study by Schmidt et al. showed that autism and low vitamin D blood levels have common genes. The connection between autism and vitamin C makes sense because the sunshine vitamin is involved in brain function. All brain cells have vitamin D receptors which control expression of certain genes. The possibility that autism could be treated by vitamin supplementation has been studied by Dr Cannell and others. Autistic children that received a high daily dose of vitamin D (5,000 IU) had an improved outcome. The human body gets vitamin D in two ways: through exposure of skin to sunlight and through vitamin D supplements. The best type of supplement to take is Vitamin D3. Vitacost, an online retailer of vitamins and other supplements, offers vitamin D drops for kids. A discount of 10% is often obtained through a Vitacost promotion code. In response to the American Academy of Pediatrics doubling its recommendation for the daily dose of Vitamin D that all children should receive, Vitacost created Childlife Vitamin D3, a special formulation for children.
Cannell, J.J., Autism and vitamin D. Med Hypotheses, 2008. 70(4): p. 750-9
Pediatrics, Core Symptoms of Autism Improved After Vitamin D Supplementation January 2015, VOLUME 135 / ISSUE 1