Martina M. Cartwright is a registered dietitian (R.D.) with a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science and Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has more than 20 years experience in medical education, scientific research and clinical practice in both the academic and pharmaceutical settings. Martina's has conducted research on child beauty pageants, the use of Facebook for weight management and the impact of child teasing on adult self-esteem. Her nutrition education and clinical interests include intensive care medicine/surgery/trauma, eating disorders and cardiovascular/wellness however, she has published in peer-reviewed medical journals on topics such as developmental biology, genetics, sepsis, eating disorders and immunonutrition therapy. Dr. Cartwright's November 2012 article in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolscent Psychiatry (JAACAP) was the first to describe "Princess by Proxy" or why parents put their children in tot pageants. Her 2004 article entitled “Eating disorder emergencies: Understanding the medical complexities of the hospitalized eating disordered patient” (Crit. Care Nurs Clin North Am. 16(4)515-30, 2004) was one of the first medical journal publications to describe orthorexia and she was recently interviewed for the October 2010 issue of MORE magazine on the topic. Earlier in her career, Martina served as a nutrition consultant to the Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas and was a nutritionist for the Las Vegas Canyon Ranch Spa. A contributor to articles featured in Redbook and Health, Martina continues to be a featured presenter at scientific-medical conferences and symposia. Among her passions are teaching, public speaking and working with critically ill children. She is the author/publisher of a children’s book entitled The Angel Academy: A Tale of Heavenly Spirits in Training. Dr. Cartwright is an adjunct faculty member within the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona and she works as a an independent biomedical consultant and author in Scottsdale Arizona.
Food For Thought is a blog writen by Martina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD that discusses the most popular nutrition stories ripped from the headlines. Whether it's childhood obesity, Toddlers & Tiaras, trendy eating disorders or diet fads, Dr. Martina's compelling blogs strive to incorporate the latest cutting-edge science into practical terms, allowing the reader to make educated decisions about nutriitonal well-being.