Dr Michelle Harvie

Research Dietitian, Prevent Breast Cancer Research Unit , Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Michelle is presenting on Intermittent diets-the latest fad or here to stay? in the cutting edge of obesity research breakout session 

What will the session address?

Intermittent diets were the "fad"  diet of 2013, but they remain  popular with over 1000 self help books. This  talk will review whether intermittent diets  really work. Are  they easier to follow than daily diets? Can people  follow them long term? Do they have specific health benefits or harms ?   Are they useful for certain patient groups?

About Michelle

Dr Michelle Harvie is a research dietitian from the Prevent Breast Cancer Research Unit, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. She qualified as a dietitian in 1991. Her research covers optimum diet and exercise strategies to prevent breast cancer and its recurrence. She has over 40 peer reviewed publications. She received the Association Study Obesity National Best practice award 2011 for her innovative work on intermittent diets. She is principal investigator for trials testing intermittent diets amongst cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, and overweight women in the NHS breast screening programme.


Dr Harvie has published 3 self-help guides for the public to follow intermittent diets;  The 2 day diet (Ebury, Feb 2013); The 2 day diet cook book (Ebury  April  2013) and the quick and easy edition (Ebury,  Feb 2014). All author proceeds go to the Prevent Breast Cancer www.preventbreastcancer.org.uk