Food and Behaviour Research

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David Rex, RD

David Rex 2013

Dietitian, Health & Social Care – Children’s Services, Highland Council

Research Interests:

David Rex is a Specialist Dietitian for Highland Council, working in “Health & Social Care – Children’s Services”. He has a lead public health role for Food & Health in schools, nurseries and Children’s Residential Units; and for over 20 years, has been providing specialist Dietetic advice for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as other conditions affecting mental as well as physical health, wellbeing and performance.

Clinically, he advises on diet and nutrition in relation to children’s mood, behaviour and learning; and on how to deal with the selective eating patterns that are so common in children with ASD and related conditions. He acts as a specialist advisor to the BDA, and also plays a lead role in health education: he has been heavily involved in the development of the “High 5” Health & Wellbeing programme for Highland primary schools, and is a member of the Highland School Meals Stakeholder group.

David has a first degree in Chemistry and Food Science, a post graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Masters in Food Policy. He has over 30 years experience of the food system, starting as a “Teenage burger flipper” for a well known fast food chain, and going on to look at food and health from a range of different perspectives, in posts as diverse as: food chemist and technical advisor in the food industry; community and hospital dietitian; and food policy advisor for a Health Authority. He is an advocate for sustainable and socially just food systems, and is passionate about cooking and eating well.