About Dr. Judy Stern


  Professor Stern  joined the faculty at the University of  California at Davis in 1975.  She  is internationally known for her research and for translating science for the public. She is  a distinguished professor in the Departments of Nutrition and Internal Medicine/Division of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.  Some of her over 270 research papers published in scientific journals deal with obesity, nutrition, exercise, dietary supplements. She has written over 150 articles for magazines like Vogue and Family Circle.

  Professor Stern is a member of several professional organizations, and has received numerous awards for excellence in research and public service. Some examples of her honors: member of the Institute of Medicine of National Academies of Sciences; Fellow (American Society of Nutrition, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences; Richard L. Atkinson and Judith S. Stern Distinguished Public Service Award (The Obesity Society), Excellence in Research (California Dietetic Association). Along with Dr. Richard L. Atkinson she was founder of The American Obesity Association, a lay advocacy organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the disease of obesity, where she also served as Vice President (1995-2006). AOA merged with The Obesity Society in 2006.

  Stern is an accomplished public speaker at scientific meetings and on radio and TV. She learned public speaking as a cherry pie baking champion in 4-H. Stern has written two popular books (How to stay slim and health on the fast food diet, Prentice Hall, 1981; Obesity, a reference book for the public and libraries,  ABC-CLIO Press, 2009).

  Two of her popular messages are “Eat dessert first” and Chocolate should be an honorary vitamin” – she has to eat a little every day.

One Response to “About Dr. Judy Stern”

  1. Kelly says:

    I googled your name after I read your bizarre comment in an article about a study showing a possible link between selenium and diabetes, where you said you wouldn’t ‘ever, ever’ take supplements with selenium, because “selenium is toxic”.

    How incredibly irresponsible can you get? Selenium isn’t toxic, and you know it, or you should. EXCESSIVE amounts of selenium may be, but the mineral itself it ESSENTIAL.

    But then I come here and see you wrote a book about how to stay slim and HEALTH (sic) on the fast food diet, so I guess it all makes sense.

    Of course, fast food has no connection to the diabetes epidemic.


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