Girls with autism may stop eating to blunt social pain

The teenage years are a tumultuous time for many individuals, and even more so for those with autism spectrum disorder, for whom the sensory and social complexity of adolescence can be especially overwhelming. Research suggests that social difficulties may lead adolescent girls with autism to develop disordered eating as a way to gain a sense of control and physiologically blunt confusing social and sensory stimuli. In an article for Spectrum, Dr. Nancy Zucker discusses the theory behind this connection between anorexia and autism. Read the article to learn more!