Diet, obesity and health: from science to policy

Poor diet and obesity driven by overconsumption are two of the biggest global causes of ill-health – and are yet avoidable. Despite individuals efforts, our healthcare system lacks an efficient preventive system that successfully supports people in their dietary attempts. “Prevention remains the Cinderella of medicine” argues Professor Susan Jebb, speaker at this year’s Queen's Lecture. How can we transform the health care system to offer support dietary change for the benefit of everyone? How can we move from setting recommendations to initiating change? Susan Jebb will answer these questions by highlighting the role of research in dietary policy making and explaining her understanding of the government's task when it comes to initiating change in the way we consume foods and drinks.

The lecturer: Susan Jebb

Susan Jebb is Professor of Diet and Population at the University of Oxford and fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Her work as a nutrition scientist focuses on how what we eat affects the risk of gaining weight or becoming obese and what interventions are effective to reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases. She also advises on how research can successfully be translated into relevant policy and practice, and has previously worked as the science advisor for the UK Government’s Foresight obesity reported and chaired the cross-government Expert Advisory Group on obesity. She continues her advisory work in her role as the chair of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committee and as a member of other advisory groups. In 2008, she received the honour of Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Public Health and the John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science in 2015.

The Queen's Lectures series

The Queen’s Lectures were founded by Queen Elizabeth II as a gift to the City of Berlin on the occasion of her state visit in 1965. Since 1997 the Queen’s Lecture takes place at the TU Berlin. Each year a renowned British scientist delivers a lecture on her or his area of expertise.

Watch last year's Queen's Lecture