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From The CriticsReviewer: Julie A. Patten, PhD, CHES (University of Texas El Paso College of Health Sciences)
Description: This book is an historical perspective and a six-component model for a cross-disciplinary field of exercise nutrition. The model is focused on the areas of nutritional enhancement, peak physiologic function, health and longevity, safety, energy balance and body composition, and optimal growth.
Purpose: The authors skillfully present an historical perspective and their ideas for the creation of the field they call exercise nutrition. The book is designed for a one-semester course that logically sequences concepts of exercise physiology, energy metabolism, and nutrition.
Audience: It is written primarily as an upper division college course text for students who need nutrition content integrated with concepts of exercise physiology and energy metabolism.
Features: The authors provide an excellent historical overview linking the fields of nutrition and exercise to bolster their proposed model of a discipline of "Exercise Nutrition" that integrates data from chemistry, exercise physiology, nutrition, biochemistry, medicine, and physiology. They adeptly integrate current, research-based exercise and nutrition-related information relevant to physically active individuals. Numerous color figures, tables, and equations are expertly used to illustrate and elucidate text content. The extensive appendix provides current, reliable information and sources to support the content of the text. The authors have a web site to support the text.
Assessment: The authors' effort to integrate exercise and nutrition-related information along with an historical overview of the two disciplines is unique and commendable. There is in-depth, valid information for those desiring an integrated approach to the study of human nutrition and physical activity. Regardless of whether a discipline of "Exercise Nutrition" is established or not as proposed by the authors, this book demonstrates the successful integration of valid nutrition-related topics and exercise information.