A person’s nutrient and energy requirements change over their life span. For example, a typical adult woman may need only 6.7 mg of calcium per pound of body weight, but a nine-month-old infant needs 27 mg of calcium per pound of body weight. Quite the difference!
The reasons behind a person's food choices also vary across the life span because social, psychological, economic, and leisure roles change during that time period. For example, during the teenage years, the opinions of peers and body image concerns become especially influential. On the other hand, adults are more likely to be influenced by their health needs.
June’s Health Buzz will cover nutrition over the life cycle, including child and adolescent nutrition, women’s health (including menopause and nutrition), men’s health, and nutrition and aging. Stay tuned!
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods