Starving for truth: Nutrition myths and controversies


Monday 6 November 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Food & Health Forum , British Nutrition Foundation


6 CPD Points

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Media and public interest in food and health in the UK has never been higher. But, despite a consistent evidence-base that highlights the importance of diet in relation to chronic disease risk and the dietary patterns that may help to prevent ill health, we are amidst a sea of reported contradictions to the government’s dietary guidelines. This is resulting in confusion amongst the public and health professionals alike, and risk of clinical inertia for dietary change, with negative implications for the health of the population, now and in the future.

This one day conference will bring together leading experts to explore some of the complexities of nutrition research, and explain why there seems to be some controversy over some of our evidence based population guidelines. The conference will seek to identify where there is robust evidence for clear advice for prevention and management of diet and health related conditions.

key speakers in the media

Professor Christine Williams 


Dr Marie-Ann Ha 


Professor Susan Fairweather-Tait 


Dr Megan Rossi 


Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders 



Standard rates

RSM members: £40 - £125
Non members: £50 - £155

Please note that the British Nutrition Foundation have had no financial involvement in this meeting. Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here. Programme subject to change.


8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.15 am


Dr Tatiana Christides, President, Food & Health Forum, Royal Society of Medicine and Ms Ayela Spiro, British Nutrition Foundation

9.30 am

Saturated fats: Have we got it wrong?

Professor Christine Williams, Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Reading

10.10 am

Can diet prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes?

Mr Adrian Brown, Specialist Weight Management Dietitian, Imperial College London

10.50 am

Sweet poison... Or not? Is the demonisation of sugar justified?

Dr Tatiana Christides

11.15 am

Question and answer session

11.30 am

Tea and coffee break

11.50 am

Diet and cancer - should we all be eating plant-based diets?

Dr Rachel Thompson, Head of Research Interpretation, World Cancer Research Fund

12.30 pm

Is 'five a day' enough?

Dr Marie-Ann Ha, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

12.55 pm

Question and answer session

1.05 pm


2.05 pm

Calcium and vitamin D – essential for bone, so why the controversy?

Professor Susan Fairweather-Tait, Professor of Human Nutrition, University of East Anglia

2.45 pm

Food, the gut and health

Dr Megan Rossi, Registered Dietitian, King's College London

3.10 pm

Question and answer session

3.20 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.40 pm

Panel discussion: Why all the confusion – how much should we blame the media?

Chair: Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, King’s College London, with special guests Professor Susan Fairweather-Tait, Mr Chris Peters, Scientific Affairs Manager, Sense about Science, Dr Fiona Lethbridge, Senior Press Officer, Science Media Centre, Mr Clint Witchalls, Health and Medicine Editor, The Conversation, Mr Anthony Warner, Chef, Blogger and Author, The Angry Chef and Mr Rick Pendrous, Editor, Food Manufacture

4.40 pm

Closing remarks

5.00 pm

Close of meeting

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