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Benjamin Caballero, MD

  • Professor - Emeritus

Departmental Affiliations

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E2547
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MD, University of Buenos Aires, 1976
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988
MSc, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, 1982


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 and Awards

1980 United Nations University Fellow1983 National Institutes of Health (USA) Fellow1992 Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society1993 Who’s Who in Science1994 Mead-Johnson/Bristol Myers Award1999 First Prize, British Medical Association Medical Book competition, for Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition2002 Distinguished Career Award, Spanish Society of Nutrition2006 Ancel Keys Prize, International Public Health Nutrition2009 Beaudette-Thompson Lectureship, Rutgers University2012 Spanish Academy of Science in Nutrition2014 Mataix Prize (Spain)2014 Donald Medearis Lectureship, MGH/Harvard Medical School

  • Pediatric nutrition, the nutrition transition, child nutrition and health in developing countries, childhood obesity, malnutrition, body composition, nutrient requirements, diet and health, international nutrition.

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.