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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael J. Higgins, MEd, ATC, PT (University of Delaware)
Description: This text is a general overview of the importance and purpose of nutrients in the human body. There is some additional emphasis on the importance of nutrition for the physically active individual.
Purpose: This book is intended to be a text for students interested in exercise, nutrition, and health. The author presents the existing research and resulting guidelines/recommendations on the interrelationships among exercise, nutrition, and health.
Audience: The primary audience is college students wanting to know more about nutrition as it relates to exercise and sport.
Features: The author does a good job of breaking the book up into concise chapters and sections on the main nutrients needed for daily living. She address the description of nutrients (energy yielding and micronutrients) in several chapters that are informative and easy to read. Tables and figures clarify and complement the text. The reference section is helpful, but would be more useful if the references were positioned chapter by chapter, rather than at the end of the book. The nutritional guidelines presented are adequate for the general public and the moderately active person, although the nutritional needs of athletes are not addressed.
Assessment: This is a good general text on the different types of nutrients and nutritional needs of the average person for daily activities. In the chapter on body assessment the author provides the reader with a description of many different techniques for assessing body composition. A limitation of the exercise and nutrition chapters, however, is the absence of recommendations on nutrition for the athletic population.