Ms Nienke de Vlieger

Ms Nienke de Vlieger

Research student

Career Summary


Born and raised in the Netherlands, Nienke de Vlieger started university at the Roosevelt University College in Middelburg, the Netherlands. Here, she pursuit multiple interests and majored in Psychology, while minoring in Ecology and Anthropology. Even though she had opportunities to continue her education in any of these fields, it was nutrition that had grabbed her attention throughout her Bachelor years. Nutrition and diet had developed from a merely personal interest to a longing for a deeper nutritional understanding and ambition to commit herself to the fight against overweight and obesity. She therefore completed the 2-year Master Nutrition & Health at the highly regarded Wageningen University in the Netherlands. A 4-month internship at the University of Newcastle in Australia introduced her to the world of research and particularly education as a way of health interventions. It was not long until she returned to Newcastle to start a PhD focussed on nutrition education for children. She has since published a paper on her Master internship research and has co-authored several other papers in the field of nutrition. She is scheduled to finish her PhD in 2019. 


  • nudging
  • nutrition
  • portion size measuring aids
  • portion size
  • nutrition education


  • English (Fluent)
  • Dutch (Mother)
  • German (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111104 Public Nutrition Intervention 100


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Brown HM, Rollo ME, de Vlieger NM, Collins CE, Bucher T, 'Influence of the nutrition and health information presented on food labels on portion size consumed: a systematic review.', Nutrition reviews, 76 655-677 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/nutrit/nuy019
Co-authors Tamara Bucher, Megan Rollo, Clare Collins, Hannah M Brown Uon
2017 Brown HM, De Vlieger N, Collins C, Bucher T, 'The influence of front-of-pack nutrition information on consumers' portion size perceptions', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28 144-147 (2017) [C1]

Issue addressed Portion size guidance strategies have been suggested as an important component of weight management; therefore, the Health Star Rating (HSR) front-of-pack labels c... [more]

Issue addressed Portion size guidance strategies have been suggested as an important component of weight management; therefore, the Health Star Rating (HSR) front-of-pack labels could influence consumers' portion-size decisions. However, this has not been investigated to date. This study aims to evaluate whether presenting energy content information and HSRs influences portion size self-selection of specific foods and meals. Methods Adults were randomly assigned to one of three experimental groups in this randomised controlled experiment. Each participant was given either a kJ/100g food label or a HSR label, or was given no information on nutrient composition. They were then asked to serve themselves an adequate portion of breakfast cereal (Kellogg's Nutri-Grain), fruit salad and chocolate, plus a three-component meal (chicken, fries and mixed vegetables). Portion serves and meal weights were compared between each experimental group using ANOVA and the discretionary foods were also compared with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE). Results Neither the kilojoule nor HSR information influenced the self-served portion size of foods or meal components. Mean self-served portion size of the discretionary foods were significantly greater than the standard serving sizes as specified in the AGHE. Conclusion Although food labels have the potential to assist consumers in making product choices, this study indicates that presenting nutrition information does not affect portion size decisions in young adults. So what? Strategies that assist consumers to choose appropriate portion sizes should be developed as a weight management tool.

DOI 10.1071/HE16011
Co-authors Hannah M Brown Uon, Clare Collins, Tamara Bucher
2017 De Vlieger NM, Collins C, Bucher T, 'What is a nutritious snack? Level of processing and macronutrient content influences young adults' perceptions', Appetite, 114 55-63 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2017.03.021
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tamara Bucher
2017 van der Bend D, Bucher T, Schumacher TL, Collins K, de Vlieger N, Rollo M, et al., 'Trends in Food and Beverage Portion Sizes in Australian Children; a Time-Series Analysis Comparing 2007 and 2011-2012 National Data', Children, 4 1-9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/children4080069
Citations Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Tracy Schumacher, Megan Rollo, Tamara Bucher, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows
2016 Bucher T, Collins C, Rollo ME, McCaffrey TA, De Vlieger N, Van Der Bend D, et al., 'Nudging consumers towards healthier choices: A systematic review of positional influences on food choice', British Journal of Nutrition, 115 2252-2263 (2016) [C1]

© The Authors 2016. Nudging or 'choice architecture' refers to strategic changes in the environment that are anticipated to alter people's behaviour in a predictabl... [more]

© The Authors 2016. Nudging or 'choice architecture' refers to strategic changes in the environment that are anticipated to alter people's behaviour in a predictable way, without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives. Nudging strategies may be used to promote healthy eating behaviour. However, to date, the scientific evidence has not been systematically reviewed to enable practitioners and policymakers to implement, or argue for the implementation of, specific measures to support nudging strategies. This systematic review investigated the effect of positional changes of food placement on food choice. In total, seven scientific databases were searched using relevant keywords to identify interventions that manipulated food position (proximity or order) to generate a change in food selection, sales or consumption, among normal-weight or overweight individuals across any age group. From 2576 identified articles, fifteen articles comprising eighteen studies met our inclusion criteria. This review has identified that manipulation of food product order or proximity can influence food choice. Such approaches offer promise in terms of impacting on consumer behaviour. However, there is a need for high-quality studies that quantify the magnitude of positional effects on food choice in conjunction with measuring the impact on food intake, particularly in the longer term. Future studies should use outcome measures such as change in grams of food consumed or energy intake to quantify the impact on dietary intake and potential impacts on nutrition-related health. Research is also needed to evaluate potential compensatory behaviours secondary to such interventions.

DOI 10.1017/S0007114516001653
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tamara Bucher, Megan Rollo
2015 Bucher T, de Vlieger N, Brown H, Collins C, 'Do energy labels influence served portion sizes and meal composition?', ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM, 67 147-147 (2015)
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Tamara Bucher, Clare Collins
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Kids’ input needed for nutrition lesson plans

March 29, 2018

Healthy eating is already embedded in many schools: from healthy canteens to the Crunch & Sip program. However, can kids learn more about the importance of good food for their health in the classroom?

Ms Nienke de Vlieger

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