Berkeley Magazine, Fall 1998


Listen up, moms. If you're like the three generations of African American subjects in a recent Berkeley nutrition study, you need a dose of your own advice about eating right.

Study director Joanne Ikeda, a Berkeley nutritionist, discovered the higher the income, the less healthful the mother's diet. She suspects that mothers, especially professionals eating on the run, feed their families first and often slight themselves.

"Women who work outside the home are more likely to have a higher income," she said, "but they also have less time to prepare healthy food."

Fast food, sugary sodas and too few meals a day contributed to dietary deficiencies and left 64 percent of the mothers overweight.

Ikeda's study may inspire future research to see if these findings apply equally to women of all ethnicities.

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