About this event

  • Date and time Fri 2 Jun 2023 from 9:15am to 5:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Food and Health

With almost a quarter of state-funded school children now eligible for free school meals, use of food banks at unprecedented levels, and many households facing ‘heat or eat’ economic choices, many families may be unable to access a diet that is adequate to support health and development. This is especially concerning for children, although, with life expectancy already falling in more deprived areas of the country for the first time on record, the health of many age groups could be adversely affected.

Expert speakers from health professions, academia and charities will inform you on the latest evidence on the extent of food insecurity and dietary inequality in the UK, the relationships with national and international food policies, and the likely impacts on health. This event will equip you with an awareness of the issues and possible solutions so that you can detect and act on dietary inequalities on behalf of your patients and clients.

By attending, you will: 

  • Be made aware of how food insecurity affects health inequalities 
  • Understand national and international policies, systems and approaches to addressing food insecurity 
  • Recognise the challenges posed by food insecurity to health and well-being at the individual and household level 
  • Gain knowledge of how third sector organisations and local government support households experiencing food insecurity 
  • Understand ways to support children and families suffering from dietary inequalities 

Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email within a week of the live in-person event on Friday 2 June 2023 so that you can view it on-demand.  

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Early bird pricing available until 27 April 2023.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £18.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£141.00 £55.00 £55.00 £30.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Leigh Gibson, President, Food and Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Reader in Biopsychology, University of Roehampton

Session 1

Title to be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed 

Food insecurity and diet inequalities in Britain 2022 and what we should do to tackle it

Dr Anna Taylor, Executive Director, The Food Foundation

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Food insecurity and health outcomes: how to spot it and how to help

Profesor Greta Defeyter, Professor in Developmental Psychology and Director of the Healthy Living Lab, Northumbria University

Removing the blinkers: a paediatrician’s journey in understanding the causes of poor health

Dr Mike McKean, Consultant in Respiratory Paediatrics and Clinical Lead for the Child Health and Wellbeing Network, The North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System

Panel discussion

Session 2

From lifeline to life-changing: the future of community food provision

Mr Andrew Forsey, National Director, Feeding Britain

Social Shocks and School Meals: Sustaining child development through economic crises

Professor Donald Bundy, Professor of Epidemiology and Development and Director of the Research Consortium for School Health and Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Title to be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed

A global food security crisis: Why most food strategies are misguided

Professor Michael Crawford, Visiting Professor, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction, Imperial College London

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of day


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Thursday 1 June 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion. 

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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