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Center for Human Nutrition


Benjamin Caballero

- Emeritus
Academic Degrees
MD (University of Buenos Aires), PhD (MIT)
Departmental Affiliation
International Health
Human Nutrition
Joint Departmental Affiliations
Population and Family Health Sciences
Departmental Address
BSPH E2547
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-614-4070
Fax: 410-955-0196
Research and Professional Experience

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.


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

Honors and 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

Selected Publications

Zhang, Z., G. Hu, et al. (2011). "Habitual coffee consumption and risk of hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective observational studies." The American journal of clinical nutrition 93(6): 1212-1219.

Caballero, B. (2010). Should healthy people take a multivitamin? Cleve Clin J Med 77(10): 656-657.

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.

Wang, Y., M. A. Beydoun, et al. (2010). Trends and correlates in meat consumption patterns in the US adult population. Public Health Nutr: 1-13.

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....