Does Obesity Contribute To Autism?

April 11, 2012 Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM EDT

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April 11, 2012 Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) A recent study is making waves, suggesting that obesity and diabetes in a pregnant mother may play a role in the chance of a child developing autism.

A local psychologist, Dr. Amy Jablonski from Summit Educational Resources, shared her thoughts on the new research and the growing rate of autism in the U.S. and Western New York.

According to Dr. Richard Besser from ABC NEWS, a study out of California comparing children diagnosed with autism to the same number without autism, suggests that the risk of developmental delays was about 60 percent higher among those born to mothers who were obese or diabetic.

Dr. Amy Jablonski says this study still does not point to a cause.

However one recent study based on data from 2008 indicates that about one in 88 children are now diagnosed with autism. This is up from one in 110 children in 2006. Dr. Jablonski says that could be the result of more awareness.

But, should overweight pregnant women be concerned?

Not yet says Dr. Jablonski. She says that mothers to be need to follow prescribed plans for the delivery of a healthy baby during their term.

Dr. Jablonski's office is at Summit Educational Resources, where the team there is looking forward to their 2012 "Walk For Autism" April 28th. The event kicks off at their Stahl Road location at 10am.

You can connect with the Walk For Autism on the news links section of wkbw.com.