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Conference programme

All keynote lectures and oral presentations are in SCI 105 in the Science Centre Building.

Day One - Thursday 4 April 2024

09:00 – 09:10: Welcome – Suzanna Forwood & 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 & 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 & 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