Kids & teens with autism more likely to be very overweight, says study

Children and teenagers on the autism spectrum may be more likely than their others in their age group to be heavily overweight, says a new study.

The study says they are also more likely to stay that way.

Obesity among boys with autism was higher. It decreased in girls during the teenage years.

Many teenagers get their exercise through sports, but children on the autism spectrum are less likely to participate in these activities.

Parents with children on the autism spectrum also use TV as a reward and this does not involve any physical activity.

Medication also plays a role.

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