Dr. Divya Kakaiya
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April 21, 2010 – One of San Diego County's first Indian psychologists, Dr. Divya Kakaiya has been treating eating disorders since 1985, specializing in cultural issues within eating disorders.
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ANNOUNCER: KPBS celebrates Cultural Diversity in partnership with Union Bank. We're honoring Local Heroes for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Let's meet Dr. Divya Kakaiya, founder of the Healthy Within Foundation. DR. DIVYA KAKAIYA: I have been treating eating disorders here in San Diego for the last twenty five years. One of the things that I became really aware of is the need to actually go into the community and do more prevention work. What we're doing is we're really trying to have them recognize food as nourishment for their body. Honestly, the part of my job that I love the most is the difference I make in the life of a child. And that's what I inspire my Foundation volunteers to do, is that if you go out there and you avert one person from developing an eating disorder, your life's work is done. ANNOUNCER: Find out more at kpbs.org/heroes.