Study Finds, Feeding Difficulties in Asian Children with Aut
A Study was conducted to characterize the nature and severity of feeding difficulties in Asian young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and identify potential predictors of poorer feeding outcomes.

study of children aged 1–7 years with ASD. Parents completed the following: demographic information, brief autism mealtime behavior inventory, aberrant behavior checklist (ABC), behavioral pediatrics feeding assessment scale (BPFAS) and caregiver feeding style questionnaire.

--Of the 67 children, 28.4% had feeding difficulties (high BPFAS total frequency score).

--Child characteristics did not significantly predict for the severity of feeding difficulties.

--Univariate analysis revealed that authoritarian feeding style and ABC hyperactivity score were significantly associated with BPFAS severity score.

--Multivariate analysis revealed that ABC hyperactivity score remained significantly associated with BPFAS severity score after controlling for all other ABC subscale scores.

--A final regression model including all child characteristics and ABC scores did not reveal any significant predictors of BPFAS total frequency score.

Conclusively, findings suggest an association between hyperactivity, authoritarian feeding styles, and feeding issues. Children with ASD who exhibit severe hyperactivity in the presence of parents who feed them in an authoritarian manner should be aggressively checked for inappropriate feeding habits.