“Young People With Autism More Prone To Obesity” says new research . But is it true?

But occasional forays into Twitterland and other social media always seem to bring up interesting stuff. So I was fascinated to read an article entitled “Young People With Autism More Prone To Obesity” by Shaun Heasley.

Menu by George Lewis 1979
Menu by George Lewis 1979

In fact it is well worth a read.

According to research conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital for Children “…Children with autism and Asperger syndrome had significantly higher odds of overweight and obesity than control subjects. Older age, public insurance, and co-occurring sleep disorder were associated with overweight or obesity in this population.”

How as a parent of a son on the autism spectrum I know well all the issues surrounding ASD and diet. You can read one of my previous blog post on the subject here.

And , of course the whole issue of childhood obesity is one on the main health issues of the developed world.

But how true is it for younger people on the autism spectrum?

The best way to find out is to ask our readers. Either from the point of view of the autistic person directly or their caregivers.

So it would be great if you you could take part in the poll below which asks “Young People With Autism More Prone To Obesity” Do you agree?

It would be great if you would use the comments box below to share your thoughts in more detail.

Thanks very much in advance!


How to satisfy your pregnancy cravings the right way – and lessen your child’s chance of obesity or diabetes


Childhood obesity and diabetes
Childhood obesity and diabetes
Recent research has found that women should ensure they are not overweight or obese during pregnancy as it could increase their child’s risk of developing diabetes later in life.

But anyone who has been pregnant will tell you that sometimes you’ve simply got to give in to those pregnancy cravings.

Ice-cream is one of those foods that many mums-to-be can’t get enough of, so to make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve come up with an alternative way to get your ice-cream fix with our low GI ice-cream recipe.

Nutritionist and chef, Christine Bailey shows us just how easy and nutritious ice-cream can be with a few fresh ingredients.


This recipe is rich and creamy but low in calories thanks to the 0 calorie stevia sweetener, and the berry and mint combination keeps it refreshingly light for the taste buds. Use the season’s brightest berries to make this dairy free, gluten free recipe high in flavour.

It’s the perfect sweet treat for mums to be.

Life Study – a new research project to understand the lives and health of children announced!


Life Study - Research into childhood health
Life Study – Research into childhood health
Life Study, a research study which aims to understand and improve the lives of children and their families, has announced its that Leicester’s Hospitals which will host the next Life Study Centre. Read up more here.

Life Study is an internationally leading research study that will involve up to 80,000 babies born between 2014 and 2018 and their families across the UK. Life Study was happy to announce that Leicester will be the next and 2nd city to host Life Study. Life Study will provide insights into the health and wellbeing of children as well as making contributions to the health of children in the UK. The information collected will be used to support research and policies aimed at giving children the best possible start in life.

A big focus of the project is to develop a good picture of children’s lives in the UK today. Children from families of different ethnic and cultural groups have previously been underrepresented in earlier research studies which look at children. So it is vital they are included to ensure accurate research.



Professor Carol Dezateux, Scientific Director of Life Study said: “Life Study will help Leicester understand how to tackle key issues relevant to its children’s health and well-being. By working in partnership with Leicester’s Hospitals, Life Study will support research into children and families from an ethnically and socially diverse community.”

“The public health and policy priorities for child health in Leicester are closely aligned to those of Life Study. The information collected will help research into the childhood origins of important health problems such as obesity and diabetes and ultimately to inform future policies and healthcare services that meet local population needs.”

The first Life Study Centre, at King George Hospital in Ilford, was officially opened in March 2015 by actress, comedian and screenwriter Meera Syal who said “The wonderful thing about Life Study is that they are following so many families over such a long period, meaning we have a chance to answer some of those big questions about environment, genetic triggers and upbringing.”

Pregnant women planning to give birth at Leicester Royal Infirmary or Leicester General Hospital (LGH) and their partners will be invited to join Life Study and to come to the new Life Study Centre at LGH in the second half of their pregnancy, and again when their baby is 6 and 12 months old. Recruitment to the study will begin in summer 2015 and appointments will take place from September 2015.

“A large study like Life Study will bring funding into Leicester’s Hospitals over the duration of the study. To ensure that we are ready to start delivering the study as soon as possible, we and the Life Study have invested over one million pounds for facilities, equipment and staff. Life Study will be bringing around 20 new posts to Leicester’s Hospitals which include research midwives, research healthcare assistants and others. We are working hard to ensure that there is a dedicated Life Study Centre at Leicester General Hospital, with all the necessary staff ready to recruit the first study participants. We are very excited about this project and look forward to the launch later in the year.” said Professor Nigel Brunskill, Director of Research and Innovation at Leicester’s Hospitals and Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Leicester

Since 1980 Childhood Obesity Rates have tripled – Find out the facts about childhood obesity here.


Childhood obesity is one of the major health issues of our time. Especially in developed nations.

Check out this infographic to get the facts.


Should advertising “junk food” be banned? Take our poll!

Childhood Obesity Month
Childhood Obesity Month
This month as you may know is Childhood Obesity Month.  http://patienttalk.org/?p=828

It has been often suggested that a good way of combatting childhood obesity is to ban advertising of junk food.  Especially at times when youngsters might be watching.

What do you think?

Please take part in the poll below to share your views!