Clues in Otago research as to changes in babies’ brain formation in obese mothers
Lead researcher Associate Professor Christine Jasoni, from the Brain Health Research Centre and Centre for Neuroendocrinology, says public health studies to date indicate that a mother's obesity during pregnancy is associated with an elevated risk for autism spectrum disorders as well as other neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), anxiety and depression.