Sunday, September 23, 2007
Clinic Notes: Anorexia and Autism
Kids with autism are often finicky eaters, rejecting foods on both taste and/or texture. The consensus is that this is just another one of those sensory issues which plague kids with autism. But now an interesting hypothesis carries the finicky eating problem one step further. Prof Treasure suggests that anorexia and autism share the same genetics. According to her, twenty percent of patients with an anorexia diagnosis could also be on the autism spectrum. Furthermore, anorexia might be the female form of Asperger's. It is true that perseveration occurs in autism and anorexia, as well as communication and social problems. But this hypothesis seems long on speculation and short on data.