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Nutrition through life

This section is for people who want to find out about the science of nutrition through life and how this affects health. It will be helpful for those studying or working in the field of nutrition and health and also those who would like more detail on nutrition science.

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Pregnancy and pre-conception

Key points Sufficient energy and nutrient intake, and a good nutritional status of the mother are important for optimal development of the fetus. A...

Infant nutrition

Key points Breastfeeding is the optimal method of infant feeding and exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months to ensure babies...

Pre-school children

Key points  Toddlers and pre-school children are growing rapidly and are active so their energy requirements are high relative to their body size. An...

School children

Key points Children from 5 to 12 years grow very rapidly and can be very active. A diet providing adequate energy and nutrients is essential for...

Factsheets on nutrition, health and schoolchildren

The British Nutrition Foundation published a briefing paper on nutrition, health and schoolchildren in September 2011, summarising the main nutrition...

Teenagers

Key points Growth and development are rapid during teenage years, and the demand for energy and most nutrients is relatively high. National survey...

Adults

Key points Requirements for energy and nutrients do not change greatly between the ages of 19 and 50 years, except during pregnancy or lactation but...

Older adults

Key points In the UK, life expectancy has doubled over the last 200 years and now around 16% of the population is aged over 65 years. General...

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