The Well-Rounded Mama

This post is to keep in mind and honor one of our health and wellness At Every Size heroes. Joanne Panel Ikeda passed away on November 27, 2018 at age 74. She was a faculty member of the Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley, for almost 35 years. She helped students gain skills and knowledge in nutrition education and guidance.

She was well-known for her advocacy for the Health At Every Size model. Actually, she and Frances Berg coined the term. Joanne was known on her behalf role in the development of a new method of weight reduction entitled Health at Every Size (HAES). Mid-career she came to the conclusion that subjecting large people to food restriction, body dissatisfaction, and size discrimination was futile and only resulted in physical, psychological, and sociable harm to these individuals.

She and others motivated that rather than focusing on weight, the concentrate would have to be on health. Research demonstrated that many large people could improve all aspects of health with lifestyle adjustments unaccompanied by weight reduction. The idea to concentrate on health instead of weight was a radical, transformative notion in neuro-scientific diet and medicine, and turned the field on its ear canal.

While they have gained significant amounts of traction, HAES remains radical to numerous in those areas sadly, but she never down backed. She was especially determined to safeguard children from becoming casualties in the “war on obesity” by promoting a Health at Every Size approach to them instead. Here’s one of the posters she lent her support to.

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Microscopic examination – Of joint fluid or synovial fluid
  • Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Life Coach
  • Monitor your weight frequently, to enable you to have a check on your weight, constantly
  • Don’t get swept up in fads

Joanne fought hard for size acceptance for all age range and spoke at many meetings and other events about Health At Every Size. She caused NAAFA (National Association for Fat Acceptance), which is where she was fulfilled by me. She helped establish ASDAH, the Association for Size Health insurance and Diversity. She backed up her beliefs with action by testifying prior to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors about an ordinance banning size discrimination in employment, housing, adoptions, jury selection, and other domains. Joanne did not just specialize in weight-related issues.

She also analyzed the nutritional behaviors of various ethnic groups, immigrants, and low-income people in California and developed culturally delicate nourishment education materials. She was a visionary in her field in many ways. She accrued so many honors, I’ll only here to list a few. She served as President of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, then was elected President of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

She was co-founder of the UC Berkeley Center for Weight and Health. In 2018 she received the Helen Denning Ullrich Award for Lifetime Excellence in Nutrition Education. I had the honor and pleasure of hearing Joanne speak in person and addressing speak to her afterwards. She was a warm, unassuming person, but she also knew her research and her points were evidence-based. She was very modest, and humble, but she also knew steps to make a vehement rhetorical point when needed and wasn’t hesitant to call out doctors on the assumptions and errors.

She gave me a lot of warmth and encouragement for might work on being pregnant in women of size, that was much appreciated as being pregnant is very much an overlooked area in size and HAES acceptance. As being a parent, I particularly appreciated her advocacy for higher weight children amid virulent anti-obesity public health campaigns. Joanne Ikeda was a god-send to the scale acceptance people and community of size, and we will sorely miss her presence and influence. Our hearts venture out to her relatives and buddies.