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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. In this study, we have analyzed the differences in food consumption (food frequency) and eating behavior (CEBI test) 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 (p ≤ 0,005). 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 (103.50 and 110.14, respectively). The advices given by nutritionists have proved crucial to improve eating habits in children with autism, in the follow-up.

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Diolordi, L., del Balzo, V., Bernabei, P. et al. Eating habits and dietary patterns in children with autism. Eat Weight Disord 19, 295–301 (2014).

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  • Eating behavior inventory
  • Food consumption
  • Children with autism
  • Nutrition