The British Feeding and Drinking Group 2024 Annual Meeting

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The 2024 annual meeting of The British Feeding and Drinking Group was hosted jointly by Anglia Ruskin University and Jesus College, University of Cambridge on 4-5 April.

The British Feeding and Drinking Group first met in London in 1975 and is now an international and multi-disciplinary gathering of scientists interested in all aspects of appetite, eating and drinking.

The annual conference welcomes a wide range of academic, clinical and industry-based scientists, including those working in psychology, physiology, medicine, nutrition, food science and related disciplines. The meeting provides an ideal platform for PhD students and early career researchers to showcase their work.

Members of the BFDG from across the world organised an exciting programme of short talks, keynote addresses and research posters.

If you have any questions about the event, email [email protected]

Day One - Thursday 4 April 2024

09:00 – 09:10: Welcome – Suzanna Forwood and Amy Ahern

09:10 – 09:20: Reflections on the origins of BFDG - Trevor Robbins
Chair: Suzanna Forwood

09:20 – 09:50: Keynote: Genetics of eating and associated behaviours – Sadaf Farooqi
Chairs: Marion Hetherington and Laura Kudlek

09:50 – 11:00: Obesity and Weight Management:

  • Keep it brief and make a plan? Investigating whether explanation length and implementation intentions influence adherence to weight management strategies – Khaleda Ahmadyar
  • Estimating the UK population prevalence of changes to eating behaviour surrounding exercise, and exploring factors associated with eating more after exercise – Jody Salton
  • Passive overconsumption? Limited evidence of compensation in meal size when consuming foods high in energy density: Two randomised crossover experiments – Amy Finlay
  • Ultra-processed food consumption and risk of weight gain: meta-analysis and examination of likelihood that unmeasured confounding could ‘explain away’ findings – Eric Robinson
  • Assessing effects of a novel weight-management product on appetite – Rebecca Elsworth

Chairs: Marion Hetherington and Laura Kudlek

11:00 – 11:50: Poster Session 1 and refreshments

11:50 – 13:00: Emotion Regulation and Eating Behaviour:

  • Individual differences in emotional eating in 18-month-old infants – Liam Chawner
  • Neural mechanisms underlying emotional eating in infancy – Maria Fillippetti
  • Towards developing a “Baby Translator” – the impact of mealtime emotions and caregiver attributes on responsive feeding – Shihui Yu
  • The impact of behavioural weight management interventions on eating behaviour traits in adults with overweight or obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Hungry, stressed, or both? An ecological momentary assessment in food secure and insecure populations – Laura Kudlek – Courtney Neal

Chairs: Amy Ahern and Jordan Beaumont

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch (Lord Ashcroft Building Broad Street Foyer)

14:00 – 15:20: Food Texture, Taste and Satiety:

  • Satiety insecurity: A potential mediator between food insecurity and selection of larger portion sizes – Matt Siroty
  • Do food intake and satiety differ between faster and slower eaters, within older adults (≥65 years)? – Dimitra Zannidi
  • It is all about food texture: The consistent effect of eating rate on food and energy intake across 24 meals – Lise Heuven
  • A 12-day Cross-over Randomised Controlled Trial to Test the Sustained effect of Food Texture on Eating Rate and Energy Intake from Ultra-Processed Foods – Marieke van Bruinessen
  • Reliability and responsiveness of a sipping device to measure motivation in normal-weight individuals and bariatric surgery patients – Jeon Hamm
  • Liking and wanting in the sweet-liking phenotypes – Rhiannon Armitage

Chairs: Ciaran Forde and Suzanna Forwood

15:20 – 15:35: Refreshments

15:35 – 16:45: Eating Behaviour in Childhood:

  • Lower subjective social status is associated with reduced satiety in children – Aleah Brown
  • Associations between Avid Eating in Parents and Children and the Role of Parental Feeding Practices – Abigail Pickard
  • Eating in the absence of hunger in 24-36 month olds: a laboratory-based assessment – Camille Riera Navarro
  • Food development with children: ‘Insect snack balls for kids’ – Ilse van Lier
  • The challenges of implementing a repeated exposure intervention to increase vegetable consumption – Natalie Ellison

Chairs: Sara Alsilmi and Andrea Smith

16:45 – 16:50: Closing Remarks – Suzanna Forwood and Amy Ahern

17:00 – 18:00: BFDG Business Meeting

19:30: Conference Dinner at Jesus College (Please arrive to be seated before 19:15)

Day Two – Friday 5 April

09:00 – 09:10: Welcome back – Suzanna Forwood and Amy Ahern

09:10 – 10:30: Healthy and Sustainable Diets:

  • The “Eat Less Meat” one-month challenge: a randomized controlled trial with French young adults – Lucille Marty
  • Quality of herbs grown in Vertical Farming systems: Do consumer perceptions and analytical parameters align? – Laura König
  • Testing the effect of a dynamic descriptive social norm message on meat-free food selection in worksite cafeterias: a randomized controlled trial – Elif Naz Coker
  • No need to change recipes! Merely swapping meals on a weekly menu reduces carbon footprint and intake of saturated fatty acids – Annika Flynn
  • Increasing the Availability of Vegetarian Meals in Worksite Cafeterias– a randomized controlled trial – Elisa Becker
  • Effects of doubling the availability of vegetarian meals on meal choices, meal offer satisfaction and liking in university cafeterias: a controlled trial in France – Laura Arrazat

Chairs: Florence Sheen and Laura Wilkinson

10:30 – 11:30: Poster Session 2 and refreshments

11:30 – 12:25: Digital Technology and Artificial Intelligence:

  • A pilot study examining the use of conversational AI-powered chatbots to understand consumer perceptions – Siti Amelia Juraimi
  • Examining the impact of virtual reality nature exposure on healthy and unhealthy energy intake – Katie Clarke
  • How do AI chatbots respond to questions about eating, appearance, or weight concerns? – Florence Sheen
  • The impact of social media interventions on eating behaviours and diet in young people: a mixed-methods systematic review – Hao Tang

Chairs: Charlotte Hardman and Sarah Snuggs

12:25 – 13:25: Lunch (Lord Ashcroft Building Broad Street Foyer)

13:25 – 14:35: Food Policy and Nudges:

  • Causal beliefs and support for obesity and alcohol policies – James Reynolds
  • The effect of Position and Availability on adolescents’ food choice: An online experimental study – Katie Edwards
  • What does ‘co-production’ look like for food-system transformation? Mapping the evidence across Transforming UK Food Systems (TUKFS) projects – Charlotte Hardman
  • Financial incentives for fruit, vegetables and pulses: A qualitative exploration of food choice motive changes among consumers facing food insecurity – Basile Verdeau
  • Can personalised feedback influence sustainable food choices? The use of receipts and eco labels in a supermarket experiment – Tennessee Randall

Chairs: Jeff Brunstrom and Dani Ferriday

14:35 – 15:05: Keynote: Unhealthy food marketing in the digital age: research and policy challenges – Emma Boyland
Chairs: Jeff Brunstrom and Dani Ferriday

15:05 – 15:15: Closing Remarks – Suzanna Forwood

We are delighted to announce our confirmed speakers for The British Feeding and Drinking Group (BFDG) Annual Meeting.

Professor Sadaf Farooqi PhD, FRCP, FMedSci, FRS

Genetics of eating and associated behaviours

Sadaf Farooqi

Sadaf Farooqi is a Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is an internationally leading Clinician Scientist who has made seminal contributions to understanding the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie obesity and its complications.

The work of Sadaf Farooqi and her colleagues has fundamentally altered the understanding of how body weight is regulated. With colleagues, she discovered and characterised the first genetic disorders that cause severe childhood obesity and established that the principal driver of obesity in these conditions was a failure of the control of appetite.

Her work is often cited as an exemplar of how the translation of research into the mechanisms of disease can lead to patient benefit. She has received a number of awards, including the 2024 Outstanding Clinical Investigator Award from the Endocrine Society. In 2021, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her exceptional contribution to science.

Professor Emma Boyland PhD MBA MSc BSc

Unhealthy food marketing in the digital age: research and policy challenges

Emma Boyland

Emma Boyland is a Professor of Food Marketing and Child Health based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Liverpool, where she is Research Lead for the Department and leads the Appetite and Obesity Research group.

Emma also co-leads the Liverpool Obesity Research Network (a research network of obesity units and research laboratories based across the University of Liverpool, University Hospital Aintree and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital Trusts).

She is an experimental psychologist whose studies seek to identify the extent and nature of young people’s exposures to unhealthy food marketing and the impact that this has on their eating and eating-related (e.g., attitudes, purchase) behaviours.

Emma has extensive experience of knowledge exchange and translation, supporting use of evidence to inform policy progress in the UK and internationally.

Emma is an established global leader in her research field and has authored over 135 peer-reviewed journal articles to date, as well as multiple World Health Organization (WHO) reports. She has received more than £4 million in research funding to her institution, from funders including NIHR, the MRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Trust, WHO, and Cancer Research UK.


Danone - one planet, one health logo

'Danone are a leading food and drink company with a health-focused portfolio in Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Waters, and Specialised Nutrition. Our mission is to deliver health through food and drink to as many people as possible. At Danone our ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision reflects our strong belief that the health of people and the health of our planet are interconnected.

'Danone is proud to be a certified B Corp, joining other mission-driven businesses operating as a force for good, doing business in ways that are not only good for their shareholders, but good for their employees, customers, communities, suppliers and the environment.

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International Sweeteners Association

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The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) is an international non-profit organisation with scientific aims representing suppliers and users of low/no calorie sweeteners, including tabletop sweeteners manufacturers.

Established over 40 years ago, the ISA is recognised by the European Commission, national and international regulatory authorities, and the World Health Organisation, and has Non-Government Observer status with the Codex Alimentarius Commission which establishes international food standards.

The ISA aims to inform and educate on the most up-to-date nutritional and scientific information in relation to the role and benefits of low/no calorie sweeteners, and the foods and beverages that contain them.

The ISA also encourages research into, and enhances understanding of the role that low/no calorie sweeteners can play in achieving a balanced diet.


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'PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

'PepsiCo generated $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that in the UK includes Walkers, Pepsi MAX, Doritos and Quaker. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

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Financial support from sponsors is gratefully received: It helps defray costs, making the meeting more accessible for a diverse audience. Commercial sponsors have no influence on the programme or selection of keynote speakers, and recognition of sponsor support does not imply an endorsement for any specific products or services.