Physical Status, Feeding Behavior and Autism

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Recent research was published to investigate the physical status and feeding behavior among 23 children with autism, ages 5-16 years old (higher enrollment of males).  A 3 day food record was collected using a parent questionnaire, the Brief Assessment of Mealtime Behavior Inventory, the Food Preference Inventory and nutrient intake.  Physical status was evaluated using height, weight and body mass index.

The results indicated the following:

1.  Twelve children were obese and another 5 were overweight, therefore 75% of the children had difficulty maintaining normal weight.

2.  Mealtime behavior revealed that 69.6 % of the children never/rarely cried/screamed during mealtimes, turned their face or body away from food (52 %), or expelled food (61 %) that he/she has eaten.

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