Tracking Food, Mood, and Behavior in Children

  • C. Keith Conners


Throughout this book we emphasize the tentative nature of much of our knowledge about food and behavior interactions. But science moves slowly, and parents may not want to wait until final answers are in before doing something about a suspected dietary cause of a child’s problems. Until research clarifies many controversial issues we have discussed, professionals will hesitate to carry out diet-behavior programs for children outside of research studies. Moreover, there are few professionals equipped or willing to carry out systematic clinical studies for parents. But while it is generally unwise to start supplementing a child’s diet (with tyrosine or megavitamins, for example) or engage in radical changes in the diet without supervision, it is still possible for parents to learn a lot about the food and mood of their children through careful observation and judicious changes in their diets.


Dietary Change Target Behavior Mental Health Specialist Science Move Total Behavior Problem 
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    Two standard introductory texts on nutrition, containing most information the average reader will require for creating sound diets are: Guthrie, H. A., Introductory nutrition. St. Louis: Times Mirror/Mosby College Publishing, 1986;Google Scholar
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    A booklet entitled “Computer software for nutrition and food education” is available from The Nutrition Information and Resource Center of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802; A comprehensive and up to date nutritional software program which not only helps compose nutritionally adequate diets, but also produces a shopping list is: Nutritionist III. N-Squared Computing, 5318 Forest Ridge Rd., Silverton, Oregon 97381. Phone: (503)873–5906.Google Scholar
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