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Food Variety as a Predictor of Nutritional Status Among Children with Autism

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics MLC 4002, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3430 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220, USA.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Impact Factor: 3.06). 05/2011; 42(4):549-56. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1268-z
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ABSTRACT The frequency of selective eating and nutritional deficiency was studied among 22 children with autism and an age matched typically developing control group. Children with autism ate fewer foods on average than typically developing children. (33.5 vs. 54.5 foods, P < .001) As compared to typical controls, children with autism had a higher average intake of magnesium, and lower average intake of protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. Selective eaters were significantly more likely than typical controls to be at risk for at least one serious nutrient deficiency (P < .001).

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