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- Emeritus

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E2547

Research Interests

Pediatric nutrition; the nutrition transition; child nutrition and health in developing countries; childhood obesity; malnutrition, body composition; nutrient requirements; diet and health; international nutrition
Experiences & Accomplishments
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama
University of Buenos Aires
Childhood obesity: risk factors for obesity in children at different ages, including dietary patterns, physical activity, and growth patterns during early life. Approaches for the prevention of obesity in children. Nutrient requirements, effects of diet on risk of chronic diseases. International nutrition: the nutrition transition in developing countries, the emergence of diet-related chronic, non-communicable diseases in developing countries.
Honors & Awards
1980 United Nations University Fellow
1983 National Institutes of Health (USA) Fellow
1992 Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
1993 Who’s Who in Science
1994 Mead-Johnson/Bristol Myers Award
1999 First Prize, British Medical Association Medical Book competition, for Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition
2002 Distinguished Career Award, Spanish Society of Nutrition
2006 Ancel Keys Prize, International Public Health Nutrition
2009 Beaudette-Thompson Lectureship, Rutgers University
2012 Spanish Academy of Science in Nutrition
2014 Mataix Prize (Spain)
2014 Donald Medearis Lectureship, MGH/Harvard Medical School
2015 Latin American Prize in Nutrition, SLAN
2016 George Graham Centennial Lectureship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Select Publications
Recent publications
  • Letona, P., et al. (2014). "Formative research to develop a community-based intervention for chronic disease prevention in Guatemalan school-age children." BMC Public Health 14: 101.
  • Franco, M., et al. (2013). "Population-wide weight loss and regain in relation to diabetes burden and cardiovascular mortality in Cuba 1980-2010: repeated cross sectional surveys and ecological comparison of secular trends." BMJ 346: f1515.
  • Kanter, R. and B. Caballero (2012). "Global gender disparities in obesity: a review." Adv Nutr 3(4): 491-498.
  • Chen, L., B. Caballero, et al. (2010). Reducing Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Is Associated With Reduced Blood Pressure. A Prospective Study Among United States Adults. Circulation 121: 9.
  • Torio, C. M., A. C. Klassen, et al. (2010). The Modifying Effect of Social Class on the Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Breast Cancer Incidence.  Am J Public Health 100: 146-151.
Growing Leaps and Bounds: An Early Intervention to Prevent Obesity
Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama
Causes and Interventions for Childhood Obesity: Innovative Systems Analysis
Child twin study regarding child health outcomes