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Author: Diane McKay

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Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Foundations of Nutrition Science, Fall 2012
D. McKay, PhD, FACN



  • Discuss how an infant’s calorie needs differ from an adult’s needs.
  • Describe how to assess the growth and nutritional status of infants and children
  • Discuss the 2 dietary practices that have the most significant effect on an infant's nutritional health, i.e., the milk an infant receives, and the age at which solid foods are introduced
  • Describe the incidence of childhood obesity and role of heredity and environmental factors in the development of obesity in children
  • Describe the nutritional needs of adolescents.
  • Explain how a teenager’s choice of soda over milk or soymilk may jeopardize their nutritional health. 
  • Discuss the role of childhood obesity in the early development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Required readings:

  • Whitney & Rolfes, Chapter 16; Highlight 16