Feeding Better Mood, Behaviour, Learning and Sleep
- Evidence and Best Practice

How children's diets affect their health, wellbeing and performance
- and what parents, professionals and policymakers can do to help

The video recording of this event - together with downloadable handouts - is available

A FAB Research Live Webinar and Q&A session
- with David Rex, RD and Dr Alex Richardson

Almost every day, we hear that behaviour, learning or mental health problems in children and adolescents are at record levels - and that our education and health services are overwhelmed trying to meet the needs of those affected.

In addition to developmental conditions like ADHD, the autism spectrum, dyslexia and dyspraxia / DCD, many more children - and their families and teachers - are struggling to deal with everyday difficulties, or serious issues, with mood and anxiety, behaviour, learning - and sleep.

Mental and physical health go together - but although children's diets are recognised as contributing to conditions like obesity, diabetes and other physical health problems, little or no attention is usually paid to the effects of nutrition - what children eat and drink - on how they feel, think and behave. 

Find out from two of the UK's leading experts in this area:

  • what the latest scientific evidence shows about the links between children's food and their mental health, wellbeing and performance
  • what works (and what doesn't) when it comes to practical ways in which parents, teachers and other professionals, and policymakers can help to improve children's ability to make healthier food choices. 
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David Rex, RD

Specialist Dietitian for Highland Council, working in Health & Social Care – Children’s Services

David Rex, RD has a lead public health role for Food & Health in schools, nurseries and Children’s Residential Units; and for over 20 years, has been providing specialist Dietetic advice for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as other conditions affecting mental as well as physical health, wellbeing and performance.

Dr Alex Richardson

Founder of FAB Research, world-renowned researcher, author, and educator.

Alex Richardson PhD, PGCE, FRSA is one of the world's leading experts in nutritional neuroscience, with 100+ publications including pioneering clinical trials. Her research centres on the importance of nutrition for neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions like ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Depression, Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia; and their links with allergies, immune disorders and gut health as well as normal individual differences in brain development and functioning.

Her book for parents and professionals, "They Are What You Feed Them" explains how children’s diets can - and do - affect their behaviour, learning and mood, and offers easy-to-follow, practical and evidence-based advice.


Learn what the latest evidence shows about:

  • The importance of good nutrition for brain development and function - and the key brain nutrients most likely to be lacking from the diets of children and adults in the UK, US and other developed countries today
  • How children's food choices affect their mental, as well as their physical, health and wellbeing - and vice versa. 
  • The links between diet and common developmental conditions such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and the Autism spectrum, as well as Anxiety, Depression and related conditions - including a summary of relevant findings from clinical trials 
  • How specific dietary changes can affect sleep - and vice versa - and how this may relate to mood, behaviour and learning difficulties in many children  
  • Why children and young people eat the way they do; and which factors parents, teachers and other professionals can most effectively influence
  • Which strategies and tactics work best to improve children's food preferences and choices - and which ones are likely to be counter-productive.
  • What kind of improvements can be achieved in practice, and how children can be motivated and empowered to make better judgements for themselves about how food affects the way they feel, think and behave.

And get your own Questions answered in an extended Q&A session with David Rex RD and Dr Alex Richardson

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FAB Research’s mission is to reach as many people as possible with evidence-based information on the importance of food, diet and nutrition for mental, as well as physical health and resilience.


Feeding Better Mood, Behaviour, Learning and Sleep
- Evidence and Best Practice


Between them, speakers David Rex and Alex Richardson have a wealth of clinical, educational and research experience and knowledge to share on the role that food and diet play in shaping children's mental health and development - for better or for worse.

In this webinar, they will explain why nutrition and diet are always important factors to consider in the management of 'child behaviour and learning difficulties' - whether or not these may involve specific developmental or mental health conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, among others.

In addition to receiving a state-of-the-art summary of key findings from relevant research, attendees will also learn about how that evidence can be translated into effective practice - at home, in schools and other educational settings, and as a supportive adjunct to clinical health care and related services. 

Discussion will also include reference to cost-effective ways that governments and public health agencies can help mitigate and reverse the current 'mental health crisis' and its negative impact on wider society.  

Don't miss this chance to hear from these leading experts, and get your own questions answered.

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All proceeds from this event will go to Food And Behaviour (FAB) Research to support its work Registered Charity No: SC034604, Company No: SC 253448. www.fabresearch.org

What others say about FAB Research

"Joining from across The Pond… These seminars are incredible! Looking forward to the next one. Thanks to all."

- Comment on this webinar (September 2023)

"Alex Richardson has the ability to bridge the gap between her knowledge from the forefront of science and the need to find good information as a parent. More than that –she genuinely cares about helping parents access up to date information on nutrition and behaviour."

- Parent with an Autistic child

"Very informative – will be able to advise parents (in my job as a school nurse) re the importance of diet – Dave Rex’s talk – some useful ideas to use at school along with teachers."

- School Nurse

"I learned a lot and found lecture very enjoyable and interesting. Many thanks."

- Comment on FAB's August 2023 webinar 

"FAB has raised my awareness of the importance of a healthy diet for all, not just those with behavioural issues, problems."

- Early Years Officer, Local Authority

"FAB Research provides a wealth of valuable information which isn't always available elsewhere - and in an easily digested form."

- GP and Medical Advisor

Who is this webinar for?

Anyone interested in how food and diet can affect mental health, wellbeing and performance


This webinar is designed to help anyone who is interested - whatever their specific background, education or training - to understand why nutrition is fundamental to the health and development of children's brains, as well as their bodies, and how this information can be applied in practice by individuals, professionals and policymakers.

A recording of this live event will be available afterwards - along with access to handouts of the slides and additional materials, including links and pointers to further information on the topics covered in both the webinar presentations and Q&A.

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What is FAB Research?

Food and Behaviour Research (FAB Research), established in 2003 by Dr Alex Richardson DPhil (Oxon), PGCE, FRSA, is a charitable organisation dedicated both to advancing scientific research into the links between nutrition and human behaviour and to making the findings from such research available to the widest possible audience. 

Our mission: We are committed to improving current knowledge and awareness of the effects of nutrition and diet on human behaviour, learning and mood. We aspire to be a leader of scientific research into how nutrition affects the human brain and mind, and an intellectual and strategic force for improving public education and professional practice in this domain.

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