What can I do with a nutrition major from Berkeley?

I sent in my SIR to UC Berkeley, as a nutrition major. I got accepted to UC Santa Barbara as an Econ major, but chose Cal because I want to help fat people.

Do you think I made the right choice? Will having a nutrition degree from Berkeley help my credibility? Thanks for any answers.

Well, let’s start with my gripe about your question. Not all "fat " people feel they have a problem, nor do they want "help". That said, The nutrition degree from Berkeley is a great credential, and you will find it opens doors in the employment market. You do not need the degree to work for Weight Watchers, and the degree will not give you a chance in my house (yes, some would tell you I am "fat", but I am not… I am fluffy, and do not consider it a problem…) Nutritionists do their greatest service within the area of under-nutrition, especially in the pediatric population, and in nutritional management within long term care facilities, hospitals, and jails, where individuals have lost or never had the ability to control their own diets and fate. The idea that obesity is "bad" remains controversial, and has become a liberal political issue. Politics and science make strange partners. Consider for a moment the fact that obesity is rampant in the US and Australia, at the same point in history that the average life expectancy is increasing in those countries. On the face of it, that would be an element of proof that obesity is good. (I do not believe it is that simple, however. I simply challenge the idea that obesity is "bad".) Perhaps you will do the research as a nutritionist to clarify this argument…Good luck!

One Response to “What can I do with a nutrition major from Berkeley?”

  1. jpturboprop says:

    Well, let’s start with my gripe about your question. Not all "fat " people feel they have a problem, nor do they want "help". That said, The nutrition degree from Berkeley is a great credential, and you will find it opens doors in the employment market. You do not need the degree to work for Weight Watchers, and the degree will not give you a chance in my house (yes, some would tell you I am "fat", but I am not… I am fluffy, and do not consider it a problem…) Nutritionists do their greatest service within the area of under-nutrition, especially in the pediatric population, and in nutritional management within long term care facilities, hospitals, and jails, where individuals have lost or never had the ability to control their own diets and fate. The idea that obesity is "bad" remains controversial, and has become a liberal political issue. Politics and science make strange partners. Consider for a moment the fact that obesity is rampant in the US and Australia, at the same point in history that the average life expectancy is increasing in those countries. On the face of it, that would be an element of proof that obesity is good. (I do not believe it is that simple, however. I simply challenge the idea that obesity is "bad".) Perhaps you will do the research as a nutritionist to clarify this argument…Good luck!
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