Expert to share insight into obesity and weight loss

Expert to share insight into obesity and weight loss

A world-renowned University of Aberdeen researcher will dispel the myths and share the realities of obesity and weight loss

In the first instalment of the new Café Scientifique series, Dr Alex Johnstone of the Rowett Institute at The University of Aberdeen will describe how recent weight loss research and dietary strategies can be used to tackle the battle of the bulge.

Focussing on past and current research into dieting, Dr Johnstone will shed light on why popular dieting strategies fail and how her research into combatting hunger pangs can help with weight loss. 

In a nod to the venue of the event - Waterstones bookshop, Dr Johnstone will structure the discussion around books that her work has contributed to as well as key books that have influenced her research.

Dr Johnstone said: “One of the main reasons people break their New Year diet is because of hunger. I will share how recent weight loss research can be applied to tackle this.

“I will discuss popular books that I have contributed to as well as ones that have been key influencers in my research.  For example, I will describe my involvement with Jamie Oliver’s recent bestseller - Everyday Superfood, and how the Atkins diet led to our development of the M&S Fuller for Longer range.”  

The event is part of the University of Aberdeen’s popular Cafe Scientifique series which is hosted by the University’s Public Engagement with Research Unit. The popular Café Scientifique series, invites leading experts to share the latest in scientific research with the public in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This is set to be an informal and inspiring night aimed at the general public with plenty of time for questions. The event will be held at 7pm in Waterstones on Wednesday 20 January and is free to attend.

Full details of the series and other events in the University’s wider programme can be found at

Dr Johnstone will also deliver part of a free online course designed to demystify the complex messages we hear about diet, health and lifestyle, designed and delivered by the University of Aberdeen.  It is open for online enrolment now and starts today, January 18.  The Nutrition and Wellbeing course, known as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), is hosted by FutureLearn and can be taken by anyone with access to a computer.