Title of PhD: Weight stigma, food addiction, and eating behavior
Supervisor: Dr Suzanne Higgs
Angela is interested in people’s perceptions of themselves as being addicted to certain foods, such as chocolate or crisps. She is particularly interested in whether self-perceived food addiction is mediated by the effects of societal anti-fat bias and weight-loss dieting, rather than by the pleasure and reward pathways as in most clinical addictions.
MSc Weight Management
PGDip Science Communication
BSc Biological Sciences
Angela has a first class BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and a Masters in Weight Management from the University of Chester. She completed her thesis on the relationship between weight-loss dieting and food cravings. She has worked as a medical writer, an editor of medical journals, and as a systematic reviewer for the Evidence Synthesis Team within the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Birmingham.
She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck College, University of London, and is passionate about bringing science to the non-scientific lay public.
She is a practitioner of Health At Every Size (HAES)®, a member of HAES UK and the Association of Size Diversity and Health, and has spoken about HAES and weight science at national and international seminars. She is also a qualified personal trainer and pilates instructor and, in a previous existence, delivered nutrition and exercise programmes within an NHS setting.
Weight stigma, eating self-efficacy, food addiction, Health At Every Size®
HAES UK, Nov 5th 2012. Why your back fat and bingo wings aren’t going to kill you anytime soon: debunking the obesity science dogma.