How Genetics and Maternal Diet Effect ADHD in Children

Dr. Berit Skretting Solberg
About the Author

Berit Skretting Solberg, MD, PhD, is a child- and adolescent psychiatrist/adult psychiatrist. She is working 50% position at the University of Bergen, Norway, in the EU-project, “Eat to be Nice”, looking at the moderating effect of the mother’s food intake during pregnancy on the behavioral phenotypes in children using prospective data from the Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study in Norway. She is also working in a 50% position as child- and adolescent psychiatrist at Betanien Hospital, Bergen, Norway.


The development of ADHD in children has a strong genetic component. It also has an environmental component as well. Part of that environment is the effect of nutrition.

NOTE: Consult your doctor before trying any diet discussed in this study.

Berit Skretting Solberg MD PhD is conducting a large population study (95,000 mothers, 113,000 children, 70,000 fathers) to see how big the effects are of both genetics and nutrition. This video is a Research Update. Analysis and conclusions are expected to be published by the middle of 2022.