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    What Happens When a Child With Autism Refuses Most Foods?

    The life-threatening health problems that a 9-year-old boy with autism faced recently shed light on an issue that is rarely discussed.

    Many children with autism or other developmental disorders tend to eat an extremely narrow range of foods, and this may put them at risk for serious health problems, said Dr. Melody Duvall, lead author of the case report, which was published online Nov. 4 in the journal Pediatrics.

    "It was then that the physicians asked about the boy's diet. His mother told them that he would only eat chicken nuggets, crackers, cookies and water. He refused milk, juice, vegetables and fruits, and would not take any form of vitamin."

    What is it about autism that often makes children resistant to eating a normal and varied diet? One expert had some theories.

    Read more about eating problems here.

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