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Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle by Elizabeth Eilender

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CHAPTER 5

Nutrition for the Adolescent

Introduction

Adolescence is a time of tremendous developmental, physical, and emotional change. In fact, with the exception of infancy, there is no other stage in the human lifecycle that involves such extensive transformation. Throughout this period, children transition from childhood to adulthood. They gain up to 50 percent of their adult body weight and 50 percent of their bone mass, attain the physical capacity to reproduce, and experience ongoing brain development.

Given such rapid growth, teenagers require adequate calories and nutrients to meet their evolving needs. This chapter explores some of the specific nutrients that are critical to this stage of life, as well as other health-related issues ...

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