Another article came out this week in the journal Pediatrics that points toward the importance of preconception health including maintaining a healthy weight before and during pregnancy.  The authors explored the relationship between metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity and outcomes such as autism and other developmental delays.  They found an association between metabolic disorders and neurological problems in kids. The article concludes that “With obesity rising steadily, these results appear to raise serious public health concerns”.  Add this article to the list of reasons why it’s important to eat right and get some physical activity. 

PS- Note the key word “associated with” in the article.  In the world of science there’s a big difference between association and causation.  The word association means things are somehow linked- but it’s not intended to imply causation.