Selective or 'fussy' eating
- a masterclass: 
Avoiding mealtime meltdowns, and motivating healthier food choices

FAB Research Webinar and Q&A session

David Rex, RD, and Dr Alex Richardson discuss the latest evidence-based research into what shapes children’s food preferences – with a focus on the areas of selective (‘fussy’ or ‘picky’) eating, and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

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- Early Years Officer, Local Authority

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- GP and Medical Advisor

Who is this webinar for?


This webinar is aimed at anyone with a personal or professional interest in:

Children’s selective/fussy eating habits.

The more extreme food issues such as Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)



• Parents /carers & adults • students & researchers • professionals & policy-makers working in education, health, nutrition, dietetics, mental health, social services, criminal justice or allied areas.


What To Expect

This webinar will offer practical guidance on strategies and tactics to help parents, teachers and other healthcare professionals improve any child’s food choices, but particularly children with issues around selective eating and associated anxiety or behavioural problems.


Key questions this webinar will address include:

  • What factors influence children’s food choices – and why do some children develop selective and avoidant eating patterns?
  • Physical, sensory and psychological factors that can contribute to selective/restrictive eating - and the motivating and maintaining factors.
  • Why selective and avoidant eating behaviours are particularly common in children with neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASD and ADHD.


The talks and handouts will allow you to:

  • Understand why some current ‘healthy eating’ advice may actually be doing more harm than good – by inadvertently creating negative messages around food.
  • Find out about practical and effective ways that parents and professionals can counteract negative messaging, reduce anxieties and fears about food, and help to model and normalise healthy eating patterns.
  • Learn new techniques to encourage and motivate children to eat a broad and varied diet, even where typical methods may have failed.
  • Master strategies that are effective at increasing the range of foods eaten by children with more extreme food phobias such as Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
  • Have your chance to get your own questions answered in the live Q&A session.


Our Speakers

Hear from two of the world's leading experts in nutrition and selective/fussy and avoidant eating - David Rex, RD and Dr Alex Richardson.

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.

A taste of what to expect

David Rex, RD on his role as specialist Dietitian, working in Children’s Services.


David Rex talks to Dr Alex Richardson on how the texture of food contributes to the selective eating problem, in this short clip.


Selective or 'fussy' eating
- a masterclass: 
Avoiding mealtime meltdowns, and motivating healthier food choices

Hear two leading experts in nutrition and selective/fussy and avoidant eating – David Rex, RD and Dr Alex Richardson

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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.

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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