New research suggests that obesity during pregnancy may increase the chances of a child having autism, the Associated Press reports.
In the study, women who were obese during pregnancy were 67 percent more likely to have autistic children than normal-weight women. The study does not prove that obesity causes autism, however these results are part of the first studies linking the two.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates one in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder, up from one in 110 in 2006. Obesity is also on the rise, affecting more than one-third of U.S. adults.