ERIC Number: ED221987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Defined Diets and Childhood Hyperactivity. National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Summary, Volume 4 Number 3.
National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
The paper presents a summary of the findings from a 1982 conference held by the National Institutes of Health on the issue of diets and hyperactivity. Six questions are addressed, touching on the nature of hyperactivity and its quantifiable measurement, defined diets, empirical evidence regarding the effects of these diets on hyperactivity, possible biological explanations to support an effect of defined diets on hyperactivity, circumstances for implementing diets, and directions for future research. Among conclusions reached by panel members (who included representatives of biomedical research, psychiatry, pharmacy, education, and environmental law) were that the cluster of symptoms known as hyperactivity does not represent a single disease; research evidence is not adequate; and a defined diet should not be initiated until thorough diagnosis and evaluation and a consideration of all options have taken place. Further research is advocated in the areas of epidemiologic studies, diet, psychosocial/behavioral issues, and animal studies. (CL)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Note: NIH Consensus Development Conference (Bethesda, MD, January 13-15, 1982).