Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Worthington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on the role of modifiable prenatal and early postnatal maternal factors (e.g., weight gain, diet, physical activity) on short- and long-term maternal health and on the developmental origins of childhood obesity and cardiometabolic disease. Dr. Worthington is interested in the development and evaluation of novel lifestyle interventions for cardiometabolic health promotion during critical life periods (e.g., preconception, pregnancy, postpartum), particularly among priority populations (i.e., those deserving priority in public health and clinical efforts). This research involves studies conducted in clinical and community settings and studies of children and infants, as well as pregnant and lactating women. Methodologies include the assessment of body composition, biomarkers of cardiometabolic health, the collection and processing of breast milk samples, analysis of biomarkers in breast milk, appetite regulation, eating behavior, dietary assessment, and home food and activity assessment.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 External food cue responsiveness and emotional eating in adolescents: A multimethod studyAppetite.  168. 2022
    2022 Infant temperament is associated with maternal feeding behaviors in early infancyAppetite.  168. 2022
    2021 Associations Among Maternal Adiposity, Insulin, and Adipokines in Circulation and Human MilkJournal of Human Lactation.  37:714-722. 2021
    2021 The COVID-19 pandemic and weight management: Effective behaviors and pandemic-specific risk factorsObesity Research and Clinical Practice.  15:518-521. 2021
    2021 Association of weight status and carbohydrate intake with gestational weight gain.Clinical Obesity.  11:e12455. 2021
    2021 Learning to overeat in infancy: Concurrent and prospective relationships between maternal BMI, feeding practices and child eating response among Hispanic mothers and childrenPediatric Obesity.  16. 2021
    2020 Modified eating in the absence of hunger test is associated with appetitive traits in infantsEating Behaviors.  36. 2020
    2019 Reasons for Late-Night Eating and Willingness to Change:A Qualitative Study in Pregnant Black WomenJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  51:598-607. 2019
    2018 Associations of neonatal adiponectin and leptin with growth and body composition in African American infantsPediatric Obesity.  13:485-491. 2018
    2018 Association of early pregnancy body mass index with post-partum weight change among African-American womenClinical Obesity.  8:170-175. 2018
    2016 Association of late-night carbohydrate intake with glucose tolerance among pregnant African American womenMaternal and Child Nutrition.  12:688-698. 2016
    2016 A narrative review of the associations between six bioactive components in breast milk and infant adiposityObesity.  24:1213-1221. 2016
    2016 Relatively low β-cell responsiveness contributes to the association of BMI with circulating glucose concentrations measured under free-living conditions among pregnant African American womenThe Journal of Nutrition.  146:994-1000. 2016

    Research Overview

  • Developmental origins of obesity and cardiovascular disease
    Social determinants of health
    Maternal weight and metabolic health during pregnancy and lactation on long-term maternal-child health
    Impact of bioactive substances in human breastmilk and feeding practices on appetite regulation and body composition
  • Teaching Overview

  • NTR222- Nutrition and Health
  • Full Name

  • Camille Worthington