Life Cycle Nutrition – From Childhood and Adolescence To Adulthood
Life cycle nutrition addresses the needs of the human body throughout the life of the human and the ways that the body can stay nutritionally healthy for a life time. Although the stage is set for a healthy life before conception takes place if the mother follows sound nutritional guidelines, the quest to stay healthy through a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition must continue for the life of the human or the gains that the mother set in motion preconception may be lost setting the individual up for chronic illness and premature mortality.
Nutrients from childhood to adulthood include the same nutrients which are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals as well as adequate hydration only with the difference that they are required in the amounts that will fuel the growth and development and maintenance of the individual at their particular stage of the nutrition life cycle.
Each stage of the life cycle has its own nutritional needs. For the purpose of discussion of nutrition at different stages of the life cycle after birth and infancy there are three stages:
• Childhood – from age 1-12 years
• Adolescence – from age 13-19 years
• Adulthood – broken down into
1. Young Adult 19-30 years
2. Middle Adult 31-50 years
3. Older Adult 51-70 years
For information on life cycle nutrition click on the link to fnic.nal.usda.gov