About Nina Teicholz: Biography, Credentials & More

Nina Teicholz is an investigative journalist and author of the
International and New York Times bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise.

Nina Teicholz

Bio:

Nina Teicholz is an investigative science journalist and author. Her international bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise has upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat–especially saturated fat–and challenged the very core of our nutrition policy.

The executive editor of “The Lancet” wrote, “this is a disquieting book about scientific incompetence, evangelical ambition, and ruthless silencing of dissent that has shaped our lives for decades…researchers, clinicians, and health policy advisors should read this provocative book.” A review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said, “This book should be read by every scientist…[and] every nutritional science professional.” In the BMJ (British Medical Journal), the journal’s former editor wrote, “Teicholz has done a remarkable job in analysing [the] weak science, strong personalities, vested interests, and political expediency” of nutrition science.

The Big Fat Surprise was named a 2014 *Best Book* by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mother Jones, and Library Journal.

Teicholz’s writing has also been published in The BMJ, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Independent, The New Yorker, and The Los Angeles Times among others.

Work and Education:

In addition to these credentials, Teicholz is the Executive Director of The Nutrition Coalition, a non-profit group that promotes evidence-based nutrition policy. She has testified before the Canadian Senate and U.S. Department of Agriculture about the need for reform of dietary guidelines.

Teicholz attended Yale and Stanford where she studied biology and majored in American Studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

A former vegetarian of 25+ years, from Berkeley, CA, Teicholz now lives in New York city with her husband and two sons.

Disclosure: Nina Teicholz does not accept support from any industry or interested party for her work. She and her husband are not invested in any company that might profit from her work. She does not serve as a paid scientific advisor for any company. If she endorses a product or company on social media or elsewhere, this reflects her authentic opinion; she receives no money or in-kind payment for doing so. She does accept modest speaking fees for presenting her findings to universities, foundations, medical conventions, industry groups, and others, as part of her commitment to educating people about the new thinking on dietary fats and health.