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Research Finds Links Between Autism and Eating Disorders - featured February 11, 2011

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[Source: The Bath Chronicle (UK)]

Researchers at the University of Bath have found that schoolchildren who display signs of eating disorders also have traits associated with autism.

The link between the two quite separate conditions had already been made in women but the team from Bath, who have been working with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, set out to examine the relationship in a younger age group.

Dr Mark Brosnan, from the university’s psychology department, and his team recruited 132 boys and girls aged 11 to 14 to take part in the study.

Questionnaire-based assessments of eating disorders and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) showed a significant relationship between the two, particularly between eating disorders, attention to detail and communication skills.

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Tags: School Psychology News of the Week Autism Newsletter 11 February 2011