Professor Susan Jebb

Professor of Diet and Population Health, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences; Fellow of Jesus College


Professor Jebb is a nutrition scientist who researches how diet affects the risk of gaining weight or becoming obese, and the interventions that could help people lose weight. She has conducted a series of randomised controlled trials to study how changes in diet affect the risk of cardiovascular disease, which found that, in general, body weight is a more important risk factor for ill-health than the precise nutritional composition of the diet.

Professor Jebb is also interested in how scientific evidence on diet is translated into policy and practice, by government, industry, the public health community and the media. She has advised the government on obesity and is now a member of the Public Health England Obesity Programme Board, as well as chairing the Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network, developing voluntary agreements with industry to improve the food environment.

She is actively involved in a number of events and media projects to engage the public in issues relating to diet and health. In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to public health. In 2015 she was one of the recipients of the John Maddox Prize for Standing Up For Science.