Jinan Banna, PhD, RD

Jinan Banna, PhD, RD



Weight loss, plant-based eating


University of Hawaii


My philosophy is that a healthy diet can also be an enjoyable one, and I strive to help people understand how they can maintain a healthy weight while still enjoying food.

— Jinan Banna, PhD, RD


Jinan Banna, PhD, RD, is a registered dietitian and professor of nutrition at the University of Hawaii. Her research at the university focuses on obesity prevention, and she also teaches courses such as introductory nutrition and community nutrition. Through her nutrition consulting business, she helps working women lose weight so that they can feel confident and energetic and enjoy food without dieting.

Dr. Banna has conducted research on obesity prevention and developing tools to assess food behaviors and dietary intake at the University of Hawaii for the past 10 years. In addition, her work focuses on aspects of sustainable food systems, such as food waste reduction. She recently completed an assignment as a Fulbright Specialist at the Universidad VERITAS in Costa Rica. Her previous experience includes her position as an outpatient dietitian at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital and an instructor at the community college level in Sacramento, California.

She is regularly featured on numerous media outlets such as MyFitnessPal.com, MarthaStewart.com, EatThis.com, and LiveStrong.com, and gives presentations through organizations such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Dr. Banna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Doctorate in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis. She is also a registered dietitian and completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian.

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