Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Professor Susan Jebb delivers this year's Oxford London Lecture, in association with the Times. Watch the lecture here.

Poor diet is the number one risk factor for disease in the UK that could be improved with some lifestyle changes. At this year’s Oxford London Lecture, Professor Susan Jebb of Oxford University, who has over 25 years of experience in nutrition research, spelt out a range of measures that could encourage more people to eat a healthy diet and reduce levels of obesity.

Professor Jebb suggested that the health benefits gained through tobacco control policies and the treatments offered to smokers show what can be achieved with effective treatments for individuals and the public and political will to make  wider societal changes. She said a similar approach to overhaul food policy could include the introduction of taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks, new limits on promotions of unhealthy food, and a wider range of NHS treatments available to people who are obese.

At this year’s Oxford London Lecture, 'Knowledge, nudge and nanny: opportunities to improve the nation’s health', Professor Jebb commented that, to date, food policy has tended to rely mainly on educational programmes. It puts the responsibility on the individual for their food choices while doing little to improve a food system that makes less healthy choices the default for many. She argued that for more support  for individuals trying to eat more healthily, and changes in places where food is available – in shops, food outlets and the workplace. This would make healthy eating a practical reality and cut the national rates of diet-related disease.

Article taken from the University of Oxford website, read the full article here

Watch the panel discussion on food that followed Professor Jebb's lecture

Sign-up for our newsletter

Keep up-to-date with the latest news, events and publications. 

Similar stories

CLAHRC Oxford Infographic Shortlisted for NIHR Digital Award

A CLAHRC Oxford infographic, produced to share the preliminary results of the OxFAB study with participants of the study, has been shortlisted as part of the NIHR’s Let’s Get Digital competition.

Talking about healthy, happy eating

CLAHRC-funded diet researchers take part in Oxfordshire Science Festival

CLAHRC Oxford Infographic Gets Awards Honourable Mention

CLAHRC Oxford is delighted to have received an honourable mention in the Outreach and Public Engagement category at the 2016 OxTALENT awards for an infographic produced to share the preliminary results of The Oxford Food and Activity Behaviours (OxFAB) study with its participants.