How do we eat better?

Nutritionist and Public Health Advocate

Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Nestle received her BA, PhD, and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1988, Nestle was appointed Chair of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. She held that position until 2004, when she became the Paulette Goddard Professor in the same department.

Nestle is the author of numerous books, including "Food Politics," which explored the way corporations influence our nutritional choices, and "What to Eat," an survey of how to navigate the modern American supermarket. Aside from her books and teaching, Nestle writes a popular blog for the Atlantic Food Channel. 


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Marion Nestle:  I think that families can help their kids get better food habits pretty easily.  First of all have meals together.  Really simple thing.  Have meals together.  Turn the television set off during the meals.  If you don’t want your kids eating junk food, don’t have it in the house.  Teach kids where food comes from.  Teach them how it’s produced.  Teach them how . . . about food miles.  Teach them about natural and organic.  Teach them about all of that.  Teach kids how to cook.  If you want your kids to have really great involvement with food, to like food, to be adventurous about it, to eat interesting things, teach them how to cook.