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May 1968

Comparison of Macronutrients in the Diets of Psychotic and Normal Children

Author Affiliations

From the Indiana University Medical Center, Clinical Research Center for Early Childhood Schizophrenia, Department of Psychiatry (Dr. DeMyer), Department of Dietetics (Mrs. Ward), and Department of Dietetics, Carter Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis (Miss Lintzenich).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(5):584-590. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740050072012

THE FOOD INTAKE patterns of schizophrenic and autistic children are often as unusual as other aspects of their behavior. Parents tell of food fads lasting for months. Some of the children fail to eat any types of food requiring chewing well into their fourth and fifth years. Some of the mothers of schizophrenic children hospitalized at the Clinical Research Center for Early Childhood Schizophrenia were firm in the conviction that their mentally ill children ingested far more carbohydrates than their normal children. The mothers reported, and the observations of the child-care staff in the hospital confirmed, the extreme messiness of these children at meal time. Not only did they play in the food and spill it while eating, but frequently they ran around the dining room snatching food from other children's plates or grabbing serving bowls to dump them on

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