1 in 44 Children Now Has Autism, Says CDC

What is going on here?

Prevalence And Characteristics Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism And Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2018, CDC, 3 December 2021

In 2018, one in 44 children aged 8 years was estimated to have ASD, and prevalence and median age of identification varied widely across sites.

Of the sites they studied, California had the highest prevalence. In the past, for many years, New Jersey had that honor. Boys outnumbered girls 4 to 1, but that has always been the case:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was 4.2 times as prevalent among boys as among girls.

4 thoughts on “1 in 44 Children Now Has Autism, Says CDC

  1. Randy Eady

    Sony released what is still the best-selling console of all time: the PlayStation 2. Released at the end of 1999, (notice the first & most extreme spike in chart elevation) it incorporated a feature (backward compatibility) permitting affordable, easily transmissible/sharing of legacy gaming among extensive collections of original PS games. Which greatly enhanced screen and gaming engagement (and still does today, to a significant extent).

    When we lost the sun, we lost our minds. . .

    With respect to Disrupted Body Clocks & Inflammatory Diseases (research revealing macrophages w/o a body clock took up far more glucose & broke it down more quickly than normal cells) as the mitochondria (the cells electro-juice) pathways — by which glucose was further broken down to produce energy — got even more whacked out w/o a clock.


    This naturally leads to the ramp-up of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which further fires-up inflammation.

    Might there be a chart of obesity/diabetes that tracks w/autism as well?”


    1. Bix Post author

      Gaming, interesting hypothesis.

      The age is notable. Not evident in 4 year olds but becomes evident by the time they are 8.

      1 in 44 is a lot. It’s just so many young people who start their life with a handicap. It’s painful to see. And painful that this graph is not showing any kind of plateau. So it looks to get even worse.


  2. Bix Post author

    In my mind, the cause is chemicals. There is some underreporting in the past, and some rediagnosis, but that isn’t sufficient to explain the profound increase in disability that we’re seeing.


  3. Randy Eady

    Why Boys more?
    Something in their chemistry that makes it so remarkably (and consistently) different than girls? Easier to diagnosis in boys?

    See comment for hypothesis on increase in early childhood dev in relation to exposure to:
    1) artificial (ersatz) 2D light sources.

    2) lack of movement (at crucial body clock~ endogenous hormone stimulation to encourage movement — that helps hone balance & coordinated movement skills),

    3) the infamous, disturbing trend depicted as ever an escalating chart since 1999.
    #research #light #screentime #socialmedia #socialmediaaddiction

    Might be useful to perceive it as another form of dysbiosis, manifest in part, to the diet alteration of light (as a nutrient).
    Dysbiosis being defined as negative alterations in your body’s microbial communities (which research shows is influenced by the cells 24 hour clock) and can be associated with health problems and diseases.



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