DIETETIC RESEARCH PROJECTA Comparison of Nutrient Intake and Eating Behaviors of Boys With and Without AutismSchmitt, Lauren MS, RD; Heiss, Cindy J. PhD, RD, LD; Campbell, Emily E. PhDAuthor Information Healthy Eating and Training, Inc, Los Angeles, California (Mrs Schmitt); Biomedical Sciences Department, Missouri State University, Springfield (Dr Heiss); and Chandler, Arizona. Dr. Campbell was a statistical Consultant, Chandler, Arizona. Corresponding Author: Cindy J. Heiss, PhD, RD, LS, Biomedical Sciences Department, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65897 ([email protected]). The authors thank Eastern Los Angeles Regional Medical Center for their assistance in recruiting subjects for this study. This study was funded by a California State University, Northridge competitive grant. Topics in Clinical Nutrition: January 2008 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 23-31 doi: 10.1097/01.TIN.0000312077.45953.6c Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this project was to compare the nutrient intakes and eating behaviors of boys with and without autism. Parents of 20 boys with autism and 18 controls aged 7–10 years completed an eating behaviors questionnaire and 3-day food record. There were no differences in nutrient intake between the groups. The control group consumed a greater variety of foods; boys with autism based food choices on texture to a greater degree than the boys without autism, and more parents of boys with autism indicated difficulty getting their child to eat (P < .05). Thus, eating behaviors differ between boys with and without autism. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.