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ASD, Eating Problems, and Overlap with Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

Chapter in book
Authors Maria Råstam
Elisabet Wentz
Published in Comprehensive Guide to Autism
Pages 2015-2034
ISBN 978-1-4614-4787-0
Publisher Springer
Publication year 2014
Published at Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Pages 2015-2034
Language en
Subject categories Psychiatry, Child and adolescent psychiatry


Abnormal eating behaviors are overrepresented in the autism spectrum disorders, including food refusal, pica, rumination, and selective eating. Those disturbances can have detrimental complications and are often resistant to treatment. In autism spectrum disorders the background factors to eating disturbances are more complex than in the general child population, and sensory abnormalities, ritualistic behaviors, and social communication problems all seem to contribute. The eating problems in autism spectrum disorders may increase the risk for developing clinically significant eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa. Autistic traits must be considered in the treatment of the eating disorders and seem to be predictors for a poor psychosocial outcome after recovery from the eating disorder per se.

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