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Jackie Blissett - Aston University. Birmingham, , GB

Jackie Blissett

Professor of Psychology | Aston University


Professor Blissett has a interest in children’s fussy eating including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity.







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Jackie Blissett has been working in the field of children’s eating behaviour for over twenty years. In that time much of her research has focussed on the biological, affective and cognitive factors of parents and their children which influence parent-child interaction, particularly in the context of feeding and eating problems. Jackie has a particular interest in children’s fussy eating including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Feeding and Eating Behaviour


Childhood Eating Behaviour

Fussy Eating

Developmental Psychology

Education (2)

School of Psychology, University of Birmingham: PhD, Psychology 1998

University College Swansea: BSc, Psychology 1994

Affiliations (2)

  • Higher Education Academy : Fellow
  • British Psychological Society : Member

Media Appearances (3)

Society funds event on the psychology behind children’s eating habits

The British Psychological Society  online


The seminar is the first of three British Psychological Society funded events being run by Dr Povey in partnership with Professor Jackie Blissett and Dr Claire Farrow from Aston University.

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Science experiment got Manchester school children to eat their vegetables - and it worked

Manchester Evening News  online


Jackie Blissett, from Coventry University, said the results from pupils at the school would now be studied by her team. She added: ‘It’s been wonderful to work with these young scientists, and they’ve helped shed some light on one of the great mysteries: why some of us might not like our Brussels sprouts!”

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Does genetics cause aversion to eating vegetables?

Medical Xpress  online


Jackie Blissett, professor of childhood eating behaviour at Coventry University, said: "It's been wonderful to work with these young scientists, and they've helped shed some light on one of the great mysteries: why some of us might not like our Brussels sprouts! BBC Learning's Terrific Scientific campaign is a fantastic way to engage youngsters in an interactive experiment which makes the learning experience much more fun."

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Articles (5)

Children overcoming picky eating (COPE) – A cluster randomised controlled trial


2020 Food neophobia limits dietary variety in children and adults. Interventions to alleviate the impact of neophobia on children's dietary variety have had varying success. The potential effectiveness of mindfulness, a process of bringing awareness to the present moment, has received little attention. This trial aimed to explore the effectiveness of two mindfulness exercises on novel food acceptance for children.

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Caregiver Influences on Eating Behaviors in Young Children

Journal of the American Heart Association

2020 A substantial body of research suggests that efforts to prevent pediatric obesity may benefit from targeting not just what a child eats, but how they eat. Specifically, child obesity prevention should include a component that addresses reasons why children have differing abilities to start and stop eating in response to internal cues of hunger and satiety, a construct known as eating self‐regulation.

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Interactive effects of impulsivity and dietary restraint over snack intake in children


2020 Impulsivity and dietary restraint have been found to interact to affect dietary intake in adults. Few studies have explored this effect in children. The current study therefore aimed to investigate the interactive effects of behavioural impulsivity and dietary restraint on intake. Fifty 7-11-year-olds participated in this laboratory-based study. Impulsivity was assessed through behavioural tasks measuring a number of impulsivity facets.

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The relationship between sensory sensitivity, food fussiness and food preferences in children with neurodevelopmental disorders


2020 Heightened sensitivity to sensory information has been associated with food fussiness in both atypical and typical development. Despite food fussiness and sensory dysfunction being reported as common concerns for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, the relationship that exists between them, and whether they differ between disorders, has yet to be established.

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Promoting eating self-regulation to reduce obesity risk: The role of caregivers

American Heart Association

2020 Nearly 20% of youth have an obese weight status putting them at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and certain types of cancer (1, 2). Despite efforts to reverse this trend, obesity rates continue to rise among young children, particularly among Hispanic and non-Hispanic African American children (2, 3). A major benefit of targeting young children (0-5 years) with obesity prevention strategies is that deeply entrenched diet and activity habits have not been established.

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