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Christopher Wharton

Christopher Wharton

Associate Professor of Nutrition, College of Health Solutions


College of Health Solutions
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
500 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85044


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor of Nutrition, College of Health Solutions
  • Faculty Coordinator, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, School of Sustainability
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Professor Christopher Wharton is assistant dean of innovation and strategic initiatives at ASU's College of Health Solutions and a researcher in the Health Lifestyles Research Center. He is also a Senior Global Futures Scientist and Faculty Coordinator of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems supported by School of Sustainability. His research interests include lifestyle-wide behavior change, voluntary simplicity, healthy food production and distribution, food systems and sustainability, local food programs and food security.


  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction in Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University, 2006
  • MS, Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois - Urbana, 2003
  • BS, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois - Urbana, 2000


External Links

Journal Articles


Vizcaino, M., M. Buman, C. T. DesRoches and C. Wharton. 2020. From TVs to tablets: The relation between device-specific screen time and health-related behaviors and characteristics. BMC Public Health 20:Art. 1295. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09410-0. (link )

Wharton, C., M. Vizcaino, A. Berardy and A. K. Opejin. 2020. Waste watchers: A food waste reduction intervention among households in Arizona. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 164(Jan):105109. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105109. (link )


DeWeese, R. S., M. Todd, A. Karpyn, M. J. Yedidia, M. Kennedy, M. Bruening, C. Wharton and P. Ohri-Vachaspati. 2018. Short-form audit instrument for assessing corner store healthfulness. American Journal of Health Promotion 32(1):224-232. DOI: 10.1177/0890117116679059. (link )

Lynch, H., M. E. Uchanski, M. Patrick and C. Wharton. 2018. Small farm sustainability in the Southwest: Challenges, opportunities, and best practices for local farming in Arizona and New Mexico. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 8(2):45-56. DOI: 10.18848/2160-1933/CGP/v08i02/45-56. (link )


Eakin, H., J. P. Connors, C. Wharton, F. Bertmann, A. Xiong and J. Stoltzfus. 2017. Identifying attributes of food system sustainability: Emerging themes and consensus. Agriculture and Human Values 34(3):757-773. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-016-9754-8. (link )

Lacagnina, G., R. Hughner, C. Barroso, R. Hall and C. Wharton. 2017. Supply chain barriers to health, affordable produce in Phoenix-area food deserts. Journal of Food Distribution Research 48(3):1-15. (link )


DeWeese, R. S., M. Todd, A. Karpyn, M. J. Yedidia, M. Kennedy, M. Bruening, C. M. Wharton and P. Ohri-Vachaspati. 2016. Healthy store programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), but not the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP), are associated with corner store healthfulness. Preventive Medicine Reports 4(Dec):256-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.06.018. (link )

Fehrenbach, K. S. and C. M. Wharton. 2016. Consumer and producer information-sharing preferences at Arizona farmers markets. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 4(4):109-127. DOI: 10.5304/jafscd.2014.044.014. (link )

Lynch, H. M., C. M. Wharton and C. S. Johnston. 2016. Cardiorespiratory fitness and peak torque differences between vegetarian and omnivore endurance athletes: A cross-sectional study. Nutrients 8(11):Art. 726. DOI: 10.3390/nu8110726. (link )


Buman, M. P., F. Bertmann, E. B. Hekler, S. J. Winter, J. L. Sheats, A. C. King and C. M. Wharton. 2015. A qualitative study of shopper experiences at an urban farmers' market using the Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool. Public Health Nutrition 18(6):994-1000. DOI: 10.1017/S136898001400127X. (link )

Totura, C. M., H. L. Figueroa, C. M. Wharton and F. F. Marsiglia. 2015. Assessing implementation of evidence-based childhood obesity prevention strategies in schools. Preventive Medicine Reports 2(2015):347-354. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.04.008. (link )

Wharton, C., R. S. Hughner, L. MacMillan and C. Dumitrescu. 2015. Community supported agriculture programs: A novel venue for theory-based health behavior change interventions. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 54(3):280-301. DOI: 10.1080/03670244.2014.1001980. (link )


Bertmann, F. M., C. Barroso, P. Ohri-Vachaspati, J. S. Hampl, K. Sell and C. M. Wharton. 2014. Women, Infants, and Children Cash Value Voucher (CVV) use in Arizona: A qualitative exploration of barriers and strategies related to fruit and vegetable purchases. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 46(3 [Supple.]):S53-S58. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.02.003. (link )

Wharton, C. M., C. S. Johnston, B. K. Cunningham and D. Sterner. 2014. Dietary self-monitoring, but not dietary quality, improves with use of smartphone app technolog in an 8-week weight loss trial. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 46(5):440-444. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.04.291. (link )


Bertmann, F. M., P. Ohri-Vachaspati and C. Wharton. 2012. Implementation of wireless terminals at farmers' markets: Impact on SNAP redemption and overall sales. American Journal of Public Health 102(7):e53-e55. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300727 . (link )

Fehrenbach, K. S. and C. Wharton. 2012. Consumer information-seeking preferences at a university farmers’ market. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 7(1):53-63. DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2012.649669. (link )

Hampl, J. S., D. M. Winham and C. M. Wharton. 2012. High school journalists write about nutrition and physical activity. Childhood Obesity and Nutrition 4(2):93-100. DOI: 10.1177/1941406411435170. (link )

MacMillan Uribe, A. L., D. M. Winham and C. Wharton. 2012. Community supported agriculture membership in Arizona: An exploratory study of food and sustainability behaviors. Appetite 59(2):431-430. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.06.002. (link )

Schwartz, M. B., K. E. Henderson, J. Falbe, S. A. Novak, C. Wharton, M. W. Long, M. L. O'Connell and S. D. Fiore. 2012. Strength and comprehensiveness of district school wellness policies predict policy implementation at the school level. Journal of School Health 82(6):262-267. DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2012.00696.x. (link )

Vartanian, L. R., C. Wharton and E. B. Green. 2012. Appearance vs. health motives for exercise and for weight loss. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 13(3):251-256. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.12.005. (link )


Wharton, C. 2011. Food beyond nutrition: Bringing politics and ethics into nutrition curriculum. Teaching Ethics 11(2):15-24. DOI: 10.5840/tej20111123. (link )


Puhl, R., C. Wharton and C. Heuer. 2009. Weight bias among dietetics students: Implications for treatment practices. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 109(3):438-444. DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2008.11.034. (link )

Wharton, C. and A. Harmon. 2009. University engagement through local food enterprise: Community-supported agriculture on campus. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 4(2):112-128. DOI: 10.1080/19320240902915235. (link )


Adams, T. B., C. M. Wharton, L. Quilter and T. Hirsch. 2008. The association between mental health and acute infectious illness among a national sample of 18- to 24-year-old college students. Journal of American College Health 56(6):657-664. DOI: 10.3200/JACH.56.6.657-664. (link )

Schwartz, M. B., L. R. Vartanian, C. M. Wharton and K. D. Brownell. 2008. Examining the nutritional quality of breakfast cereals marketed to children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 108(4):702-705. DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2008.01.003. (link )

Wharton, C. M., T. Adams and J. S. Hampl. 2008. Weight loss practices and body weight perceptions among US college students. Journal of American College Health 56(5):579-584. DOI: 10.3200/JACH.56.5.579-584. (link )

Wharton, C. M., M. W. Long and M. B. Schwartz. 2008. Changing nutrition standards in schools: The emerging impact on school revenue. Journal of School Health 78(5):245-251. DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2008.00296.x. (link )


Spencer, L., C. Wharton, S. Moyle and T. Adams. 2007. The transtheoretical model as applied to dietary behaviour and outcomes. Nutrition Reviews 20(1):46-73. DOI: 10.1017/S0954422407747881. (link )


Hampl, J. S., S. Bramlett-Solomon and C. M. Wharton. 2006. Direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medications: Do you see what the public sees?. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 106(12):1937-1946. DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2006.10.015. (link )

Hannum, S. M., L. A. Carson, E. M. Evans, E. L. Petr, C. M. Wharton, L. Bui and J. W. Erdman Jr. 2006. Use of packaged entrees as part of a weight loss diet in overweight men: An 8-week randomized clinical trial. Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism 8(2):146-155. DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-1326.2005.00493.x. (link )


Hampl, J. S., C. M. Wharton, C. A. Taylor, D. M. Winham, J. L. Block and R. Hall. 2004. Primetime television impacts adolescents’ impressions of bodyweight, sex appeal, and food and beverage consumption. Nutrition Bulletin 29(2):92-98. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-3010.2004.00419.x. (link )

Wharton, C. M. and J. S. Hampl. 2004. Beverage consumption and risk of obesity among Native Americans in Arizona. Nutrition Reviews 62(4):153-159. DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2004.tb00038.x. (link )


Wharton, C., J. S. Hampl, R. Hall and D. M. Winham. 2003. PCs or paper-and-pencil: Online surveys for data collection. Journal of the American Dietetic Associaiton 103(11):1458-1459. DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2003.09.004. (link )



Phillips, R. and C. Wharton eds. 2016. Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development. Routledge. ISBN: 9780415727051.

Book Chapters


Phillips, R. and C. Wharton. 2016. Considerations and ideas for growing the future of local food systems and community development. Pp. 167-242 In: Phillips, R. and C. Wharton eds., Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415727068.

Wharton, C. 2016. Food hubs: A new opportunity for local food systems. Pp. 131-146 In: Phillips, R. and C. Wharton eds., Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development. Routledge. ISBN: 9780415727051.


Wharton, C. and L. Vaughan. 2010. Healthy dining: Eating for pleasure, leisure, and wellness. In: Payne, L., B. E. Ainsworth and G. Godbey eds., Leisure, Health, and Wellness: Making the Connections. Venture Publishing Inc.. ISBN: 978-1892132895.


Wharton, C. 2009. Obesity, society, and health. In: Sinha, R. and S. Kapoor eds., Obesity: A Multimensional Approach to Contemporary Global Issue. Dhanraj Books House. ISBN: 978-8190676922.