…although to be fair, no data exists to suggest a correlation between obesity and being an anti-vaxxer conspiracy nut. -ED
First off, an admin note for our more… cognitively challenged readers who follow us on Facebook: this study was undertaken by the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, NOT Jason Hopkins, Facebook commenter, from the school of “Nunya Damn Bizzness“. We wouldn’t want you to get confused.
From the press release:
Children born to obese women with diabetes are more than four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than children of healthy weight mothers without diabetes, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.
Obesity is almost universally recognized as a public health epidemic. (We say “almost” because the “Fat Acceptance” crowd disputes medical science.) But the scope to which obesity contributes to other diseases is still emerging. Along with Diabetes, cardiovascular problems, stress to the spine and joints/musculoskeletal system, renal system, and death during surgery, increasing the likelihood of passing Autism on to your child might hopefully, finally, get the point across to “Fat Activists” that Biology doesn’t give a shit how much they embrace their obesity or love their curves.
More from the study:
Along with pre-conception diabetes, children of obese mothers who developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy were also at a significantly higher risk of being diagnosed with autism.
The biology of why obesity and diabetes may contribute to autism risk isn’t well understood. Obesity and diabetes in general cause stress on the human body, the researchers say. Previous research suggests maternal obesity may be associated with an inflammation in the developing fetal brain. Other studies suggest obese women have less folate, a B-vitamin vital for human development and health.
The researchers say that women of reproductive age who are thinking about having children need to not only think about their obesity and diabetes status for their own health, but because of the implications it could have on their children. Better diabetes and weight management could have lifelong impacts on mother and child, they say.
Sorry, mom-bros, the horrific trauma tiny jabs that nurse gave your
precious indigo child little window-licker in order to stave off the end of global civilization aren’t harming their development, but your Frappucino addiction just might be.
1. STUPID DUMMIES
Can we put this study in obstetrics offices everywhere?
Just a small point. Fat acceptance has nothing to do with ignoring medical science and has everything to do with not shaming/bullying people for being fat.
Whilst people all get fat from putting too much food in their faces the reasons they do this are varied and complex. Whilst for some its ignorance for others it’s behaviour issues or related to other medical problems. Whatever the reason they all carry the same health risks but fat shaming (which has pretty much been the standard response for ever) dies nothing to encourage people to lose weight and has been shown to actually make things worse.
Fat acceptance is about helping people be happy with who they are. Most people find it far easier to make positive life changes when they are feeling good about themselves rather than when they feel like shit because people call them out for their weight all the time.
But hey, it’s not like you care about truth of facts right 🙂
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