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Information For Parents/Carers

  • Are you confused about what a healthy diet should look like? 
  • Do you try hard to give your child a well-balanced diet, but struggle to work out what that really is?
  • Does getting the family (or even yourself!) to eat more healthily often seem to be a losing battle?

If so, you’re not alone!! 

We’re constantly bombarded with information about nutrition and diet.  But much of it is conflicting (at least on the surface) - which can sometimes make ‘healthy eating’ seem a very confusing subject.

Good nutrition is critical for healthy brains as well as bodies – and our diets really can affect the way we feel, think and behave. Nutrition is essential at any stage of life, but it’s particularly critical during pregnancy and early childhood.  A recent study, Childhood diet has lifelong impact, highlighted that “You are not only what you eat, but what you ate as a child”. 

Here at FAB Research, we aim to give you summaries of the latest news and other resources to keep you informed and help you improve your child’s and family’s nutrition. This can not only help improve their physical health and wellbeing, but can also lead to benefits for their behaviour, learning and mood


Essential Reading

front cover of book 'They are what you feed them'

Discover how dietary changes can improve behaviour, learning and mood, and learn how to make the necessary changes.

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"It's your life, and your child's life, that we are focussing on in this book"  

Dr Alex Richardson

  • Do you need help with your child’s nutrition?  
  • Are you struggling with their behaviour, mood or learning, and wondering if diet could make a difference?  
  • Or do you already know that a poor diet is part of the problem, but are finding it impossible to make the changes needed? 

If so, join FAB Research as an Associate, and you’ll get a FREE online consultation with the world-renowned Dr Alex Richardson – a leading researcher in the field, and author of ‘They Are What You Feed Them’.  You’ll be able to ask her your own questions – and get information and advice that could improve your child’s physical and mental health not only now, but for the rest of their lives. 

Recent consultations have included discussions on:

  • Key nutrients needed in pregnancy for healthy brain development
  • How simple dietary changes can help reduce temper tantrums
  • How improving nutrition can help mood, behaviour and learning in Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia
  • Managing stress, anxiety and depression - dietary strategies
  • Dealing with food cravings, and tactics to improve food choices 

Recent testimonials:

Alex Richardson has the ability to bridge the gap between her knowledge from the forefront of science and my 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 - Naomi

I cannot thank Dr Alex Richardson enough for the help that she has given my family. She has transformed our daughter’s life and has given us so much hope for her future – Parent of an Autistic child

Associate Membership

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Join Food and Behaviour Research as a FAB Associate Member and get:

* unrestricted access to the FAB audio / video library of professionally filmed conferences presentations, discussions, interviews and other unique resources  

* reduced delegate rates to all FAB Research events

 * access to key leading academic and professional opinion leaders

* talks / presentations at your own event, or research / training or consultancy options (Premier Associate membership only)

Membership fees start at just £29 per year.  More information can be found here.

Rob Lustig - The problem with sugar

Rob Lustig
To understand in less than 4 minutes why sugar really IS a problem - click here

Kimberley Wilson Crime & Nourishment podcast - Episode 1: The Kids Aren't Alright Stronger Minds - 29th April 2020

Crime & Nourishment - Episode 1: The Kids Aren't Alright

Stronger Minds Podcast - Chartered Psychologist Kimberley Wilson brings you everything you need to know to build a healthier brain and a stronger mind, including food and nutrition, psychology, lifestyle, mental habits and debating big ideas. 

This episode examines the evidence that shows a beneficial effect of nutrition on childhood behavioural disorders, and the surprising and worrying link between hunger and school exclusions.


Dr. Alex Richardson - Founder Director of Food and Behaviour Research, Research Associate, Dept of  Physiology, Anatomy Genetics, University of Oxford

Carmel McConnell MBE - Activist and Founder of Magic Breakfast

Sarah Dove - Strategic Director Phoenix Education Consultancy. President of PRUsAP


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