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Int J Pediatr. 2010;2010:767318. doi: 10.1155/2010/767318. Epub 2010 Jun 28.

Nutritional status of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a pilot study.

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Food Nutrition and Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4.



This is a pilot study of the dietary intake and nutrient status of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


Nutritional assessment of 43 children aged 6-12 with ADHD was performed using a 3-day food record, 24-hour recall, and serum assessors.


Macronutrient intake and consumption of Low-Nutrient Foods were comparable to population norms; however, 66% were found to be deficient in zinc and 23% in copper.


This pilot study reports the food intake and nutrient status of children with ADHD and shows a predisposition for low zinc and copper status in ADHD.

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