Marion Nestle

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Marion Nestle Ph.D, M.P.H. (born 1936) is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is also a professor of Sociology at NYU and a visiting professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.


  • There's no question that largely vegetarian diets are as healthy as you can get. The evidence is so strong and overwhelming and produced over such a long period of time that it's no longer debatable.
    • Reported in Nutrition Action Healthletter, October 1996 issue; as quoted in J. M. Masson, The Face on Your Plate (New York: Norton & Company, 2009), p. 172
  • My job was to manage the editorial production of the first—and as yet only—Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health … My first day on the job, I was given the rules: No matter what the research indicated, the report could not recommend “eat less meat” as a way to reduce intake of saturated fat, nor could it suggest restrictions on intake of any other category of food. In the industry-friendly climate of the Reagan administration, the producers of foods that might be affected by such advice would complain to their beneficiaries in Congress, and the report would never be published.
    • Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, University of California Press (2002, 2013), Introduction, p. 3

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