A recent study suggesting a link between autism and maternal obesity has highlighted the ongoing struggle to secure insurance coverage for the former and improve lifestyles for the latter, Oklahoma mental health care experts said.
The study published this month by Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, opens the door to additional research into both areas that is badly needed. But local psychologist Susan Howard said the work also carries the risk of people simplifying conclusions and assigning blame for a complex problem.
The study, which has been widely disseminated in the news media, concludes on an indefinite note.
The findings …