Research Fellow


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The University of Aberdeen Life-course and Population Health; Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health; Polwarth Building; Foresterhill; Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

Current Research

Sustainability of Healthy diets

The importance of considering the sustainability of healthy diets is now widely recognized. The multi-dimensional nature of sustainable diets means that a greater understanding of how the demands of different goals can be combined to optimize the diet of the Scottish population is needed.

Principal Component Analysis, and Cluster Analysis techniques are being used to identify food and drink purchasing patterns by households in Scotland that are consistent with healthy (i.e. Scottish Dietary Goals) and sustainable (e.g. lower GHGE and lower land use) dietary choices.

Shifting the diet of Scotland’s population towards one that is optimal will have consequences beyond health and environmental sustainability, including household food security of lower income households and wider economic sustainability.

Models developed will be used to explore the consequences, in terms of food purchasing costs experienced by consumers and possible effects on the Scottish food and drink industry, of changes towards healthier and more sustainable diets.



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Contributions to Journals


  • Whybrow, S. & Macdiarmid, J. (in press). 'Attitudes towards, and purchasing of, Scottish beef and beef products in Scotland: A short communication'. Meat Science.
  • Garden, L., Clark, H., Whybrow, S. & Stubbs, RJ. 'Is misreporting of dietary intake by weighed food records or 24-hour recalls food specific?'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1038/s41430-018-0199-6
  • Hopkins, M., Finlayson, G., Duarte, C., Gibbons, C., Johnstone, AM., Whybrow, S., Horgan, GW., Blundell, JE. & Stubbs, RJ. 'Biological and psychological mediators of the relationships between fat mass, fat-free mass and energy intake'. International Journal of Obesity.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1038/s41366-018-0059-4
  • Whybrow, S., Craig, LCA. & Macdiarmid, JI. (2018). 'Dietary patterns of households in Scotland: Differences by level of deprivation and associations with dietary goals'. Nutrition and Health, vol 24, no. 1, pp. 29-35.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1177/0260106017745389
    [Online] AURA: PCA_healthy_diets_N_H.pdf
  • Whybrow, S., Hollis, JL. & Macdiarmid, JI. (2018). 'Social deprivation is associated with poorer adherence to healthy eating dietary goals: analysis of household food purchases'. Journal of Public Health, vol 40, no. 1, pp. 8-15.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdx007
    [Online] AURA: Kantar_paper_JPH_FULL_R1.pdf
  • Macdiarmid, J., Clark, H., Whybrow, S., De Ruiter, H. & McNeill, G. (2018). 'Assessing national nutrition security: The UK reliance on imports to meet population energy and nutrient recommendations'. PLoS ONE, vol 13, no. 2, 0192649.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0192649
    [Online] AURA: journal.pone.0192649.pdf
  • Whybrow, S., Horgan, GW. & Macdiarmid, JI. (2017). 'Buying less and wasting less food. Changes in household food energy purchases, energy intakes and energy density between 2007 and 2012 with and without adjustment for food waste'. Public Health Nutrition, vol 20, no. 7, pp. 1248-1256.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S1368980016003256
    [Online] AURA: Bristol_paper_accepted.pdf
  • Hollis, JL., Craig, LCA., Whybrow, S., Clark, H., Kyle, JAM. & McNeill, G. (2017). 'Assessing the relative validity of the Scottish Collaborative Group FFQ for measuring dietary intake in adults'. Public Health Nutrition, vol 20, no. 3, pp. 449-455.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S1368980016002421
    [Online] AURA: Title_Page_22.7.16.docx
    [Online] AURA: FFQ_validation_paper_22.7.16_resubmission.docx
    [Online] AURA: Supplement_1.docx
    [Online] AURA: Supplement_2.docx
    [Online] AURA: Supplement_3.docx
    [Online] AURA: Supplement_4.docx
    [Online] AURA: Supplement_5.docx
    [Online] AURA: Figure_1_22.7.16.docx
  • De Roos, B., Binacchi, F., Whybrow, S. & Sneddon, AA. (2017). 'Differences in expenditure and amounts of fresh foods, fruits & vegetables and fish purchased in urban and rural Scotland'. Public Health Nutrition, vol 20, no. 3, pp. 524-533.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S1368980016002688
    [Online] AURA: s1_ln23866724_376178619_1939656818Hwf1662715993IdV_214260525...
  • Horgan, GW., Perrin, A., Whybrow, S. & Macdiarmid, JI. (2016). 'Achieving dietary recommendations and reducing greenhouse gas emissions: modelling diets to minimise the change from current intakes'. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol 13, 46, pp. 1-11.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0370-1
    [Online] AURA: art_3A10.1186_2Fs12966_016_0370_1.pdf
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