American nutritionist and author. Nestle holds three degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, including a doctorate in molecular biology. Much of her long scholarly career has been spent at New York University, where she teaches nutrition, food studies, and public health. She has served as senior nutrition policy advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services. In her research, Nestle studies food from both a scientific and a socioeconomic viewpoint, with emphasis on the role of marketing on food choice, obesity, and food safety. Her seven books include
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2010), and most recently Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (2012). Her column "Food Matters" appears in the San Francisco Chronicle. See also foodpolitics.com.