About Dr Hiba Jebeile

The intersection between adolescent obesity treatment and eating disorder risk has garnered much attention in recent years. Our research focuses on identifying risk and protective factors for eating disorders when participating in obesity treatment.

We have established an international collaboration to explore eating disorder risk in adolescents and adults who have undergone weight management for overweight or obesity. This collaboration aims to bring together individual participant data from all weight management interventions which have measured eating disorder risk factors at baseline and post-intervention or at follow-up timepoints. We will also deconstruct the behavioural components within interventions into their smallest ‘active ingredients’ to assess the effect of these on eating disorder risk. Predictive modelling will be used to assess the intersection between individual characteristics and intervention components to inform new models of care. We are also currently trialling screening and monitoring protocols to identify adolescents with an undiagnosed eating disorders or those at risk of developing at eating disorder prior to, or during weight management interventions.

Hiba Jebeile is an Early Career Researcher and Accredited Practicing Dietitian based at the Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School. Her research focuses on the treatment of adolescent obesity, the association between dietary interventions and psychological health, and the development of screening and monitoring protocols to identify those at risk of developing depression or eating disorders. She has led several systematic reviews assessing the impact of paediatric weight management interventions on psychological health including eating disorder risk, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and body image. Hiba is particularly interested in the intersection between obesity and eating disorder risk and is managing a new international collaboration to address this issue.

Selected publications

Jebeile H, Lister NB, Baur LA, Garnett SP, Paxton SJ. Eating disorder risk in adolescents with obesity, Obes Rev

House ET, Gow ML, Lister NB, Baur LA, Garnett SP, Paxton SJ, Jebeile H. Pediatric weight management, dietary restraint and dieting: a systematic review, Nutr Rev, accepted 5 October 2020 

Alman KL, Lister NB, Garnett SP, Gow ML, Aldwell K, Jebeile H. Dietetic management of obesity and severe obesity in children and adolescents: A scoping review of dietary guidelines, Obes Rev 2020
Jebeile H, Grunseit AM, Thomas M, Kelly T, Garnett SP, Gow ML. Low-carbohydrate interventions for adolescent obesity: nutritional adequacy and guidance for clinical practice, Clin Obes, 10(4):e12370

Gow ML, Tee MSY, Garnett SP, Baur LA, Aldwell K, Thomas S, Lister NB, Paxton SJ, Jebeile H. Pediatric obesity treatment, self-esteem and body image: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Pediatr Obes 2020. 15(3):e12600 

Lister NB, Jebeile H, Truby H, Garnett SP, Varady, KA, Cowell CT, Collins CE, Paxton SJ, Gow ML, Brown J, Alexander S, Chisholm K, Grunseit AM, Aldwell K, Day K, Inkster M, Lang S, Baur LA. Fast Track to Health - Intermittent energy restriction in adolescents with obesity. A randomised controlled trial study protocol, Obes Res Clin Pract 2020, 14(1):80-90.

Jebeile H, Gow ML, Baur LA, Garnett SP, Paxton SJ, Lister NB. Association of obesity treatment, with a dietary component, and change in depression and anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr 2019. 173(11):e192841. 

Jebeile H, Gow ML, Baur LA, Garnett SP, Paxton SJ, Lister NB. Treatment of obesity, with a dietary component, and eating disorder risk in children and adolescents: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2019; 20(9) 1287-1298.

Jebeile H, Gow ML, Lister NB, Mosalman Haghighi M, Ayer J, Cowell CT, Baur LA, Garnett SP. Intermittent energy restriction is a feasible, effective and acceptable intervention to treat adolescents with obesity. J Nutr 2019, 149(7), 1189-1197. 

Jebeile H, Mijatovic J, Louie JCY, Prvan T, Brand-Miller JC, A systematic review and metaanalysis of energy intake and weight gain in pregnancy, Am J Obstetr Gynecol 2016, 214(4), 465 - 483.