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Young adults with high autistic-like traits displayed lower food variety and diet quality in childhood


Panossian, C and Lyons-Wall, P and Whitehouse, A and Oddy, WH and Lo, J and Scott, J and O'Sullivan, TA, Young adults with high autistic-like traits displayed lower food variety and diet quality in childhood, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders pp. 1-12. ISSN 0162-3257 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10803-020-04567-4


This study explored the association between autistic-like traits in young adults and dietary intake in early childhood in the Gen2 Raine Study cohort. Data were available from 811 participants at years 1, 2 and 3 for the assessment of dietary intake, and at year 20 for measurement of autistic-like traits. Results showed as autistic-like traits increased, total food variety, core food variety and dairy variety decreased (p < 0.05), with a lower consumption of citrus fruits and yoghurt (both p = 0.04). As autistic-like traits increased, diet quality decreased, this trend was significant at 2 years (p = 0.024). Our results suggest that young adults with higher autistic-like traits were more likely to have had lower food variety and diet quality in early childhood.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autism spectrum disorder, autistic-like traits, child, diet quality, food variety, young adult
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Nutritional science
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
UTAS Author:Oddy, WH (Professor Wendy Oddy)
ID Code:140549
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-08-27
Last Modified:2020-09-04

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