Quest for a Cure: Progress in Cancer Research

Lecture 1:  "Diet, Body Composition & Cancer"
April 29, 2021

The Quest is an event for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer and wants to learn more about the disease.

Below are recorded presentations and slides from the virtual public education event.

Diet quality, intermittent fasting and cancer risk factors - Carol J. Boushey, PhD, MPH, RD, Associate Professor, Population Sciences of the Pacific
Diet quality, intermittent fasting and cancer risk factors presentation slides

Time-restricted eating, body composition, and cancer risk factors - John Shepherd, PhD, Professor, Population Sciences of the Pacific
Time-restricted eating, body composition, and cancer risk factors presentation slides


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify a healthy dietary pattern which can benefit everyone;
  2. Recognize intermittent energy restriction as a promising approach for achieving beneficial influences on health;
  3. State how different fat stores are related to cancer risk; and
  4. Describe how body composition can be estimated using novel methods based on the example of the TREAT study of time-restricted eating.

Q&A from the session



Participant Resources

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Event Flier


Session with Carol J. Boushey, PhD, MPH, RD

2019 Panizza Nutrients19 IER+MED vs DASH on visceral fat

Cioffi JTranslMed18 (META) intermittent vs. continuous energy restriction on weight and biomarkers

Rynders Nutrients19 (REV) intermittent fasting vs. time-restricted feeding vs. continuous dieting

Healthy Mediterranean Style Pattern - Recommended Intake Amounts

HEI-2015 components and scoring


Session with John Shepherd, PhD

Lowe 2020 JAMA Int Med TREAT

Ng_2019_Shape Up PCA with Supplement


Other resources

Potential benefits and harms of IER (including on normal-weight individuals)

Energy restriction and female fertility

Meat alternatives: 

Can Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Be Part of a Healthy and Sustainable Diet?

Plant-based and cell-based approaches to meat production

Second Solid Cancers After Radiation Therapy: A Systematic Review of the Epidemiologic Studies of the Radiation Dose-Response Relationship