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They Are What You Feed Them

How Food Can Improve Your Child's Behaviour, Mood and Learning

By Alex Richardson

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2006
Alex Richardson is a leading researcher into the role nutrition and environment play in ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and other related conditions. She has combined her cutting-edge knowledge with her hands-on experience as a teacher in a 12-week plan that will transform the lives of children with these conditions * Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect at least 25 per cent of the school population and parents and teachers are desperate for clear, reliable information on how to support and help children with such behavioural and learning difficulties. * Current methods of diagnosis and treatment pay no attention to the role of nutrition, despite evidence that diet can affect brain development and function, behaviour and learning. Our author has headed up cutting-edge research in this area. * This is the first book available in the UK that provides accessible and practical information for parents to help them create their own plan to work with their child's nutrition, lifestyle and environment * Dr Richardson explains translates the latest research on brain development and function into essential practical knowledge that people can use to enhance their own and their children's lives.

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Dr Alex Richardson, the UK's leading authority on how nutrition affects behaviour and learning, exposes the truth behind the foods we are feeding our children and offers simple, practical solutions all parents can use. An empowering, cutting-edge book that will transform the lives of children and help them reach their full potential. / Jamie Oliver has worked with Dr Alex Richardson's department at Oxford and we are approaching him for an endorsement. / Dr Richardson and her research were the focus of the leading article in April 2005's Observer Food Monthly entitled 'Hungry for Attention: Can Food Alter Your Child's Mood?'. / Dr Richardson is the leading scientist in the area of nutrition and behaviour and THE port of call for all journalists, e.g. Radio 4, BBC1 News, Lord Robert Winston's science series, Discovery Channel, Observer, Mail, Times, etc. / Thanks to a series of high-profile, prime-time TV series, such as 'Jamie's Dinners' and 'You Are What You Eat', there is a growing awareness that what you feed your children has a profound impact not only on their health and weight, but also on their behaviour, concentration and academic performance. / The producers of the last BBC Science Series involving Lord Robert Winston devoted an episode to Dr Richardson's work on nutrition and the brain. / By 2007 it is estimated that 1 in 7 children will be on drugs to control their behaviour, i.e. 1.5 million. Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect at least 2.8 million children (25% of the school population). / Competition: The Food Our Children Eat (4th Estate), Dump the Junk (Moonscape), The Dinner Lady (Bantam).

About the Author

Dr. Richardson is based at Mansfield College, Oxford, where she has spearheaded numerous high-profile groundbreaking studies into the role of nutrition on the brain. She is a former teacher with first-hand experience of managing children with behaviour / learning difficulties, and director of charity Food and Behaviour Research (to receive all royalties). Dr. Richardson also specialises in ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and has excellent links with the British Dyslexia Association, Foods Standards Agency, Hyperactive Children's Support Group, Allergy-Induced-Autism.


'Jamie Oliver visited [Alex's department] while preparing his series on school dinners. It was the hard-slog science of the physiology department that gave credibility to the link between children's diet and their behaviour that Oliver made so powerfully in his TV programmes.' Guardian (May 05) 'Food affects behaviour. If you paid attention to diet, you could really make a difference.' Guardian (May 05) 'It's imperative that while upping your intake of omega-3, you cut out the junk.' Alex quoted in Independent March 2005 "If you think about badly behaved children with their low frustration tolerance, classroom fights and throwing things at the teacher, these are things that seem to improve in some children if you give them enough omega-3." -- Alex quoted in OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY, April 2005 "Everyone's aware that a lousy diet is bad for your physical health but it has taken a lot longer for people to twig that the brain is also part of your body and is possibly the first place you would be likely to see an effect." -- FT MAGAZINE, March 2005 "If children slurp cans of Coke on the way to school it puts them on an artificial high in terms of brain function, but that instantly stimulates the release of too much insulin which causes blood-sugar levels to plummet. In a short time their brains are in a fog. They can't concentrate, they are irritable and find it hard to hold on to stable emotional reactions." --TES, April 2004

EAN: 9780007182251
ISBN: 0007182252
Publisher: Harper Thorsons
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.3 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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4 review(s)
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linda marieskind on
Hello Many thanks to whomsoever sent the book, it looks great, I have had a quick "squizz" at it and it looks to be full of good information, I work with families who have children on the spectrum, ADHD, ADD, GDD, and just plain and simply behaviourally challenged, this looks to be almost a bible of information, will comment again when I have had a good chance to sit down and really take it all in. So far so good,
Tristan Hooker on
I would say this book is a must-read for parents of any children, not just kids with difficulties. A lot of really useful information about food and how it affects learning and behaviour. Hugely informative.
Megan Machado on
A good book that goes into the background detail of foods and thier maske up.
Liz Parnell on
I was really disappointed with this book.

It may be great if you have a child with a serious behavioural problem and you are interested in how the food they eat affects them. However, it seems to have little to say to parents of children who are normal but want to improve their general behaviour.

It is written in a very dry format, and is not as good as other similar books on the topic.

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