Christopher Wharton

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, Nutrition Program, Health Lifestyles Research Center, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
6950 E. Williams Field Rd
Tempe, AZ 85287


Dr. Wharton's research interests include food-policy issues at the local, state, and national levels that might relate both to obesity and to the sustainability of the food supply. He also studies lifestyle factors related to eating patterns and obesity, and consumer skepticism towards weight-loss information in the media. He teaches a course on computer applications in nutrition, has started a community-supported agriculture program on campus, and holds positions in the SCAN and HEN dietetic practice groups of American Dietetic Association


agriculture; food systems; local foods programs; obesity; public health; food policy


    Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction in Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University, 2006

    M.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois - Urbana, 2003

    B.S., Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois - Urbana, 2000

Journal Articles


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)