Emotional Eating: Is it what we think it is?

Tuesday 22 November 8-9pm

Dr Rebecca Richards, Dr Caroline Childs

Season 3


Clear understanding of:
  • The concept of emotional eating and its nuances
  • How emotional eating is typically measured in eating research and the possible limitations of these measures
  • Some alternative interpretations of emotional eating questionnaire scores
Be aware of:
  • The implications of this body of research for clinical practice
  • The further research that is required to advance this area of study
Be able to:
  • Better identify emotional eating in clinical practice
  • Consider alternative interpretations of emotional eating questionnaire scores
  • Critically appraise future research on emotional eating


Professor Mike Lean - Clinical Senior Research Fellow/Honorary Consultant, School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, University of Glasgow

Expert speaker

Dr Rebecca Richards
Practitioner Psychologist, Research Associate. Adult Weight Management Service, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Rebecca is a Practitioner Psychologist (Chartered Health Psychologist, registered with the HCPC and BPS) in a tier 3 NHS adult weight management service in South Wales. She is also a postdoctoral Research Associate at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, specialising in the development of scalable, cost-effective psychological and behavioural interventions for weight loss and weight maintenance. Additionally, Rebecca has a special interest in habit theory applied to weight loss maintenance. In October 2020, Rebecca was elected as a Trustee for the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO), for a three-year term and has recently been elected as Chair of the ASO Scientific and Research Advisory committee.

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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