Night shift workers and weight management

Dr Rachel Gibson

Tuesday 14 May 2024 20:00–21:00 BST

Season 5


Shift workers comprises 13-27% of the workforce population in developed countries. Research shows that shift workers have a greater risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease compared to their day-working counterparts.

Shift work may encompass rotating schedules of regular night and day work, irregular schedules, and permanent night shift work. This pattern poses distinct challenges to eating patterns and workers’ health.

The increased health risk for night shift workers indicates a need to invest in lifestyle interventions aimed at preventing or managing disease risk for this vital workforce.

In this Journal Club session, we’ll discuss a mixed-methods systematic review to understand the evidence for weight management interventions in night shift workers

This session covers:

  • What a systematic mixed-methods review is
  • How to evaluate data from a mixed-methods systematic review and appreciate limitations
  • Identification and mapping of barriers and enablers of weight management in night shift workers

Watch this webinar to

Gain clear understanding of:
  • What a systematic mixed-methods review is
  • When it may be beneficial to conduct a mixed-methods systematic review compared to a traditional systematic review
  • How to interpret the results reported in a mixed-methods systematic review
Be aware of:
  • The stages involved in undertaking a systematic mixed-methods review
  • The benefit of integrating a qualitative review in a public health intervention context
  • The challenges of conducting mixed-methods reviews
Be able to:
  • Interpret the results of a systematic mixed-methods review
  • Critically appraise a mixed-methods systematic review

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Expert speaker

Dr Rachel Gibson​
Senior Lecturer in Dietetics


Dr Rachel Gibson is UK Registered Dietitian and Senior Lecturer in Dietetics at King’s College London. Rachel’s research is focused on workplace diet and health. Rachel is the Chair of the Nutrition Society Workplace, Diet and Health Special Interest Group and member of the British Dietetic Association Work Ready Steering group.

Paper reference

Davis C, Huggins CE, Kleve S, Leung GKW, Bonham MP. Conceptualizing weight management for night shift workers: A mixed-methods systematic review. Obes Rev. 2024;25(2):e13659. doi:10.1111/obr.13659 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/obr.13659

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

About Journal Club Chair, Dr Pippa Gibson RNutr PhD


Each Journal Club session is chaired by Dr Pippa Gibson.
Pippa gained her BSc from the University of Surrey, before returning to complete her PhD where she studied the role of vitamin D on the progression of paediatric liver disease. After graduating Pippa moved to King’s College London as a post-doctoral research associate investigating the role of interesterified fats on cardiometabolic health before moving into the gastrointestinal health team investigating the role of dietary compounds on constipation and functional bloating. Pippa left academia for industry and joined a contract catering company, Accent Catering, as Head of Nutrition, primarily working in nutrition education in schools to promote healthy messages across all ages. Pippa has recently moved the The British Nutrition Foundation as a Senior Nutrition Scientist. You can find some of Pippa’s work on the MyNutriWeb pages as she regularly contributes to the MyNutriWeb blogs.


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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