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Is Constant Eating Common For Kids On The Autism Spectrum?

Oct 17

by Dr. Jerry Kartzinel on 17 October 2011 in , , , , with 1 Comments

 

I have a 6 yr old grandson who is autistic & is constantly eating, although it is impossible he is hungry! Do you see this often with autistic kids?  What can I do about it?
-Judi G.
 
I see autism as the sum total of unusual responses to everyday stimuli.  In this case, the “usual” response to a full stomach is to STOP eating, but in your grandson’s case, he continues to eat.  I care for some children with just the opposite response, they do not eat when they are hungry hungry!  The main concept behind treating children with autism is to correct what is medically wrong with them.  Then, you get to see more and more of the natural responses “kick” in and they start responding to more and more stimuli appropriately.

Q: I have a 6 yr old grandson who is autistic & is constantly eating, although it is impossible he is hungry! Do you see this often with autistic kids?  What can I do about it?

-Judi G.

 

Dr. Jerry's Answer: 

I see autism as the sum total of unusual responses to everyday stimuli.  In this case, the “usual” response to a full stomach is to STOP eating, but in your grandson’s case, he continues to eat.  I care for some children with just the opposite response, they do not eat when they are hungry hungry!  The main concept behind treating children with autism is to correct what is medically wrong with them.  Then, you get to see more and more of the natural responses “kick” in and they start responding to more and more stimuli appropriately.

 

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Dr. Jerry Kartzinel is Board Certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions. Dr. Jerry co-authored Healing and Preventing Autism with Jenny McCarthy.   

 

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  • Hi Judi,

    My nine-year-old son was exactly the same way--he could eat all day long. Always craving hashbrowns or fries or chips. What really seemed to help him was eliminating all of these potato products from his diet. I thought it would be really difficult, but it wasn't. If he wants a snack, he now asks for a hotdog (no bun) and some dipping catsup. It seems to satisfy him for quite a while. I send a couple of GF chicken nuggets and some grapes for his snack at school and he's been fine with that. I wish I had done it a lot sooner. He lost 10 pounds during the summer break and is much more active.

    Posted by Catherine Schleimer, 18/10/2011 5:13pm (2 years ago)

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