Public lecture: The psychology of children’s eating behaviour

Jacqueline Blissett

6 November 2018

  • Professor Jacqueline Blissett explores the psychological factors underpinning the eating behaviours of children.

Why are some children very fussy eaters, and why do some children eat too much?

This is the question Professor Jacqueline Blissett will discuss in her inaugural lecture on Thursday 22 November.   

There are numerous psychological factors which underpin children’s eating behaviour, as well as numerous ways in which caregivers feed their children.

Professor Blissett explains: “my research examines how complex parent-child eating interactions develop, and the ways in which interventions to promote healthier eating in children can take into account these complexities”.

In this lecture, Professor Blissett will share some examples from her research which illustrate some of what we know about the development of problematic eating behaviours and childhood eating behaviour interventions.

With more than twenty years-experience working in this field, much of Professor Blissett’s research has focussed on biological, affective and cognitive factors affecting eating and feeding in parents and their children.

Jacqueline’s main interests are in children’s fussy eating, including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity. 

The event will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday 22 November in room G11 at Aston University. It is free for staff, students and members of the public to attend.

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Notes to the editor

  • Professor Blissett joined the Department of Psychology in January 2018.
  • Previous posts include Professor of Childhood Eating Behaviour at Coventry University and Reader in Childhood Eating Behaviour at the University of Birmingham.

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 About Aston University

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