Tuesday 26th June

Royal College of Physicians


To celebrate our 45th anniversary, the British Nutrition Foundation held a conference on behaviour change in relation to healthier lifestyles.

The continuing obesity epidemic, alongside very low levels of physical activity and nutritional issues in various sectors of the population underline the need to understand how best to encourage long-term lifestyle behaviour changes.

The conference aimed to explore the evidence for effective behaviour change, in particular for weight loss, improving diet quality and increasing levels of physical activity and to describe case studies that have successfully modified behaviour to improve health.

Follow the conference on Twitter #BNF45


Live presentation broadcast

During the conference Dr James’ Stubbs presentation was broadcast live from 11:30am - 12:00pm.

The eSeminar recording of this presentation can be viewed here.


Some of the speakers' presentations can be found below.

Final programme

9.00     Registration and coffee

10:00     All audience to be seated

Morning Chairs:
Prof Judy Buttriss, British Nutrition Foundation & Gill Fine, Consultant Public Health Nutritionist

10:10     Keynote address

10.20     Welcome and introduction
Prof Judy Buttriss, BNF Director General

10.30     Eating and physical activity behaviours: a framework for interventions
Prof Susan Michie, University College London

11.00     What influencing factors affect food choice and dietary behaviour patterns
Dr Paul Chadwick, University College London

11.30     Weight control and behaviour change
Dr James Stubbs, Slimming World

12.10     Increasing physically active behaviours
Dr Melvyn Hillsdon, University of Exeter

12.40    Discussion

1.00       LUNCH

Afternoon Chairs:
Roy Ballam, British Nutrition Foundation & Gill Fine, Consultant Public Health Nutritionist

2.00     Introduction
Roy Ballam, British Nutrition Foundation

2.05     Academic and commercial partnership to increase physical activity for health and weight management
Prof Ken Fox, University of Bristol

2.20     Behaviour change for healthier lifestyles in children
Prof Paul Gately, Leeds Metropolitan University and MoreLife

2.35     Development and testing of a mobile phone application for weight loss
Dr Victoria Burley, University of Leeds

2.50    COFFEE

3.20     Treating depression with physical activity – the TREAD trial
Dr Anne Haase, University of Bristol

3.35     Compassion and its relevance to behaviour change
Prof Paul Gilbert, University of Derby

3.50     Behaviour Change and Physical Activity: Exercise Professionals Delivering Motivational Interviews
Fred Turok, Chair of the Fitness Industry Association and Co-Chair of the Department of Health’s Responsibility Deal Physical Activity Network

4.35        Closing remarks
4.40        FINISH