Eating habits and dietary patterns in children with autism

The children with autism have feeding problems such as chewing, preference for the same food that often are responsible for the nutrient imbalance

Laura Diolordi; Valeria del Balzo; Paola Bernabei; Valeria Vitiello; Lorenzo Maria Donini

2014

Key concepts

Scholarcy highlights

  • The children with autism have feeding problems such as chewing, preference for the same food that often are responsible for the nutrient imbalance
  • We have analyzed the differences in food consumption and eating behavior between children with autism and their typically developing peers
  • A statistically significant difference was observed between the two groups for the consumption of milk, yogurt, pulses, rice, and fruit juices
  • We observed a significant difference in the analysis of CEBI results when considering the 6- to 9.5-year-aged subgroup with autism vs control subgroup
  • The advices given by nutritionists have proved crucial to improve eating habits in children with autism, in the follow-up

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