Marion Nestle, Ph.D.

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of several prize-winning books, including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health and What to Eat. Her most recent book is Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics. She writes the Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs regularly at

Nestle's background in education, teaching and policy advising; the relationship between nutrition and political context; federal agency deficiencies regarding nutrition and dietary advice; identification of nutrition experts; myths about nutrition in modern society; explanations for the rise of obesity in the United States; the role of individual responsibility and the cultural eating environment in weight gain; tensions and confusion surrounding food marketing and food labeling; consumer guidelines regarding food labels; breakdown of terms "natural," "organic," "sustainable," "food processing" ; green marketing of unhealthy foods; function of food businesses; food marketing for children; the most important thing individuals can do to regarding nutrition

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