Joanne Pakel Ikeda

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

May 17, 1944 - Novem­ber 27, 2018

In­ter­na­tion­ally known nutri­tion­ist, Joanne P. Ikeda, trav­eled to a new di­men­sion on Tues­day, Novem­ber 27, 2018. She re­gret­ted leav­ing her won­der­ful hus­band, Roy H. Ikeda, and her two mar­velous daugh­ters, Melinda Mayumi Ikeda and Jen­nifer Ayame Ikeda, but knew she would be re­united with them in the Great Be­yond.

Joanne was known for her role in the de­vel­op­ment of a new ap­proach to weight man­age­ment en­ti­tled Health at Ev­ery Size® (HAES). Mid­ca­reer 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 so­cial dam­age to th­ese in­di­vid­u­als. She and oth­ers de­ter­mined that rather than fo­cus on weight, the fo­cus needed to be on health. Re­search showed that many large peo­ple could im­prove all as­pects of health with life­style mod­i­fi­ca­tions un­ac­com­pa­nied by weight loss. Joanne cher­ished the awards she re­ceived from NAAFA, a civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tion for fat peo­ple and their friends, for her work ad­vo­cat­ing body size ac­cep­tance and fight­ing size dis­crim­ina- tion. She tes­ti­fied be­fore the San Fran­cisco Board of Su­per­vi­sors be­fore they voted to adopt an or­di­nance ban­ning size dis­crim­i­na­tion in em­ploy­ment, hous­ing, adop­tions, jury se­lec­tion and other do­mains. She was highly re­spected for her re­search on the food habits of mi­nor­ity pop­u­la­tions liv­ing in Cal­i­for­nia; she con­ducted com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search with HmongAmer­i­cans, Viet­name­seAmer­i­cans, Black Amer­i­cans, and Cal­i­for­nia Na­tive Amer­i­cans. She found many pos­i­tive things hap­pen­ing in those com­mu­ni­ties. She was a mem­ber of the fac­ulty in the Nu­tri­tional Sciences Depart­ment at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, for close to 35 years. Joanne helped many stu­dents gain knowl­edge and skills in the ar­eas of nu­tri­tion ed­u­ca­tion and coun­sel­ing. She served as Pres­i­dent of the Cal­i­for­nia Academy of Nu­tri­tion and Di­etet­ics and was on more pro­fes­sional com­mit­tees than she cared to count.

Af­ter re­tire­ment, Joanne was elected Pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ety for Nu­tri­tion Ed­u­ca­tion and Be­hav­ior and in 2018 was hon­ored to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious He­len Denning Ull­rich Award for Life­time Ex­cel­lence in Nu­tri­tion Ed­u­ca­tion. She con­tin­ued to work as a con­sul­tant for the Car­toon Net­work and did vol­un­teer work with Girls Inc., Read­ing Part­ners, Eden Hous­ing, and served as the Reg­is­tered Di­eti­tian for the Or­der of Malta Clinic in Oak­land.

She was wealthy in her many friends, her sis­ters, Bon­nie Headlee and Irene Pakel, her brother, Scott Pakel, as well as her sis­terin-law, Mi­nako Beusch, her broth­ers-in-law, Willi Beusch and Chuck Headlee, and her nephew, Michael Beusch. Her great­est con­tri­bu­tion to this world was her two daugh­ters, Mindi, a grad­u­ate of UCLA and a mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive, and Jenny, a grad­u­ate of the drama di­vi­sion of The Juil­liard School and a suc­cess­ful ac­tress. She thanks her hus­band, Roy, for his love and sup­port through forty-nine years of mar­riage.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Joanne’s life will be held on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 at 11:00 am at the San­tos Robin­son Mor­tu­ary, 160 Es­tudillo Ave, San Le­an­dro. In­stead of flow­ers, Joanne re­quested do­na­tions in her name be made to the So­ci­ety for Nu­tri­tion Ed­u­ca­tion and Be­hav­ior Foun­da­tion at https://www.­da­tion/ or 9100 Pur­due Road, Suite 200, In­di­anapo­lis, IN 46268.

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