Dietary Preference or an Eating Disorder?

Exploring the relationship between specific eating patterns and eating disorders

Professor Jane Ogden

Tuesday 13 June 2023 20:00–21:00 BST

Please note: due to a technical issue the intro and cameras are not present on the recording

Season 4


Eating disorders are estimated to affect 1.25 million people in the UK, and around 75% of those affected by an eating disorder are female. Young women in particular are known to attempt a number of different diets for both health and weight reasons including traditional diets, low FODMAP and vegetarianism.

In this Journal Club session, we’ll discuss a cross-sectional study which showed associations between different types of diets, and symptoms of eating disorders, including orthorexia.

This session covers:

  • The symptoms of eating disorders including orthorexia
  • Different types of dietary restrictions
  • Strengths and limitations of cross-sectional study designs
  • How to critically analyse the research and recognise if conclusions are justified



Watch this webinar to

Gain clear understanding of:
  • Symptoms of eating disorders including orthorexia
  • Different types of dietary restriction
  • Different research designs
Be aware of:
  • Limitations of cross-sectional designs
  • Limitations of self-report measures
  • Limitations of sampling methods
Be able to:
  • Critically read study designs
  • Critically read study conclusions
  • Recognise if study conclusions are justified

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Dr Duane Mellor Senior Teaching Fellow Aston Medical School Aston University

Expert speaker

Professor Jane Ogden
Professor in Health Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Surrey


Jane Ogden is a Professor in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey where she teaches psychology, dietician, nutrition and vet students to think psychologically about health. She has carried out research into eating behaviour and weight management for over 30 years and has published 8 books and over 200 research papers. She is also a regular contributor to the media and passionate about making science accessible

Paper reference

Traditional, Vegetarian, or Low FODMAP Diets and Their Relation to Symptoms of Eating Disorders: A Cross-Sectional Study among Young Women in Poland


Please note: due to a technical issue the intro and cameras are not present on the recording

Dr Caroline Childs - Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences within Medicine at the University of Southampton

About Journal Club Chair, Dr Caroline Childs


Each Journal Club session is chaired by Dr Caroline Childs, Nutrition and Metabolism subject lead in Medicine at the University of Southampton. She received student-nominated awards for ‘most engaging lecturer’ and ‘best pastoral support’ and a colleague-nominated award for teaching excellence. Dr Childs is a Nutrition Society Ambassador and a South East Regional Representative for the Association for Nutrition.

As she says, “Developing skills in critical appraisal is an essential part of being a competent nutrition professional – whether you’re a dietitian, nutritionist or health professional specialising in nutrition.”


Nutrition research reported in the media often highlights mixed or contradictory results between studies. So, as a nutrition professional, how can you ensure you use the strongest available evidence to inform your practice?


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