M Wolraich, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

© 1999 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

This article is reproduced from the previous edition, pp. 1021-1025, © 1999, Elsevier Ltd.

To discuss the issues of hyperactivity and diet, it is first important to understand the issues related to the diagnosis of hyperactivity, or what is now called the 'attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder' (ADHD). Since most of the recommendations for dietary changes have been for children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, this article will first review the historic and current changes in the diagnosis of ADHD and then review the diets that have been recommended for treatment and the evidence as to their efficacy.

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