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Women with larger waists more likely to have children with autism: study

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By: Keerthi Mohan

There could be a link between autism and pre-motherhood obesity, a new study suggests. Women with an unhealthy wide waistline before pregnancy are at risk of delivering babies with autism. Researchers at Northwestern University feel the rising rate of obesity globally is related to more autism diagnoses. This finding was presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Chicago. “Children born to mothers with a waist of 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) or more before pregnancy showed a 65 percent increase in the risk of autism than those born to a mother with a smaller waist,” lead author Dr Geum Joon…

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