Why there’s still more to learn about diet and ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a condition that affects people’s behaviour.
It is estimated that globally, around 5% of children and 3% of adults have it.
There is no cure for ADHD, although there are some medications to help manage the condition.
There is also growing evidence that nutrition may have a role to play.
The question is: How much can what we eat and drink affect a condition like ADHD?
Is it a crucial part of managing the condition, a total red herring, or one important cog in a very complex wheel?
Dr Duane Mellor, Nutrition and Evidence Based Medicine Lead, Aston Medical School
Dr Duane Mellor is a double award-winning registered dietitian and science communicator.
Having a background in clinical dietetics supporting people living with diabetes they moved into medical education when joining Aston University as well as being the Associate Dean for Public Engagement in the College of Health and Life Sciences.
In this role they work to support high quality science and health communication alongside the wider engagement of communities in designing and developing healthcare programmes.
Alex Richardson, Founder, Food and Behaviour Research
Dr Richardson is the Founder Director of the UK charity Food and Behaviour (FAB) Research and former Senior Research Fellow of the University of Oxford, where she was based for 30 years.
She is best known for her pioneering research into how nutrition (and particularly dietary fats) affects brain development and function, and therefore mood, behaviour and learning.
Her 90+ publications have an impact placing her in the top 2% of researchers worldwide.
She is also the author of a book ‘They Are What You Feed Them’ explaining how and why diet can affect children’s behaviour, learning and mood, and offering practical, evidence-based advice for parents, professionals, policymakers and the general public.
And she is a frequent contributor to mainstream media, both in the UK and abroad.