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Joanne Ikeda

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Joanne Ikeda

Nutrition Education Specialist, Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
University of California, Berkeley
childhood obesity
effect of income on diet
children's body image
weight discrimination among young people


Ms. Ikeda is a nutrition education specialist with the College of Natural Resources' cooperative extension. She is a nationally recognized expert on pediatric obesity and the dietary practices of ethnic and immigrant populations. She is a pioneer in conducting community collaborative research on the food habits and dietary quality of California's low-income, immigrant and ethnic populations, and has developed culturally sensitive and relevant educational programs for these groups. More recently, she has promoted the adoption of "size acceptance," an approach to the treatment of obesity that emphasizes health promotion rather than weight loss. She has authored or co-authored several books and training manuals designed to help health care professionals, paraprofessionals and parents instill healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity in children and adolescents. She was the co-director of the Center for Weight & Health. She also was chair of the weight realities division of the Society for Nutrition Education, a past president of the 7,000 member California Dietetic Association, and was formerly the California delegate to the American Dietetic Association. She received a B.S. degree from Cornell University and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. She has extensive experience with broadcast and print, and is great with soundbites. She has been interviewed by CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and other prominent outlets.

223 Morgan
Berkeley  California  94720
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 642-2790


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