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Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, 4th Edition

  • Judith E. Brown
  • Janet Isaacs
  • Bea Krinke
  • Ellen Lechtenberg
  • Maureen Murtaugh
  • Carolyn Sharbaugh, M.S., R.D.
  • Patricia Splett
  • Jamie Stang
  • Nancy Wooldridge
  • ISBN-10: 0538733411
  • ISBN-13: 9780538733410
  • 624 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

The most respected nutrition life cycle text, NUTRITION THROUGH THE LIFE CYCLE, Fourth Edition uses current research to explain the nutritional foundations necessary for the growth, development, and normal functioning of individuals in each stage of the life span. From preconception to the final stages of life, this text covers clinical and nutritional interventions for each part of the life cycle. The text is organized systematically, with clinical nutrition topics following normal nutrition topics. The text maintains a consistent level of pedagogy throughout, highlighting key nutrition concepts, nutritional needs, nutrition and health disease outcomes, model programs, and case studies. NUTRITION THROUGH THE LIFE CYCLE, Fourth Edition features an expert author team, this text benefits from a broad range of normal and clinical nutrition expertise from registered dietitians, teachers, and researchers.


  • Several of the chapters were developed with the help of a team of expert authors who are actively engaged in clinical practice, teaching, or research related to nutrition during the specific phase of the life cycle.

  • The first chapter for each life cycle phase covers normal nutrition topics, and the following chapter covers nutrition-related "conditions and interventions."

  • "Key Nutrition Concepts" begin each chapter to prepare students for what they will learn.

  • Case studies, featured throughout the text, illustrate theory in practice, making complex normal and clinical nutritional concepts both memorable and easy for students to grasp. Answers to the Case Studies may be found in the Instructor's Manual.

  • "Tables" and "Illustrations" are integrated throughout the text to segment the concepts being discussed, also making it easier for students to reference and review.

About the Author

Judith E. Brown

Judith E. Brown is a nutrition researcher, writer and speaker who provides consultation services to the food and pharmaceutical industries as well as government health programs. As a professor emeritus of the Division of Epidemiology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota, she successfully obtained and completed large, competitively funded research grants related to nutrition and health. Her areas of expertise include scientific advising on new product development, advising on product evaluation studies, public speaking to professional groups, consumer-oriented publications on topics specific to health and nutrition, and expert opinion papers on safety and efficacy of nutrients, neutraceuticals and fortified products. Dr. Brown has more than 30 years of instructional experience in the field of nutrition and has written more than 100 research articles for publication. An avid researcher and an exceptional writer and teacher, she is one of the most influential and respected authors in the field.

Janet Isaacs

Janet S Isaacs, PhD, RD, has worked in pediatric nutrition at federal, state and regional level services in 7 different states, and in settings ranging from outpatient to tertiary level inpatient services. Her primary area of specialty and research concerns children with special health care needs and children with inborn errors of metabolism. Currently she is consulting in North Carolina to develop and teach pediatric nutrition online courses to public health employees. Janet earned her Master's of Arts for Teachers from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana College of Arts and Sciences and her PhD from Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida College of Home Economics. She has published in 5 peer-reviewed journals and in 6 books within the last decade.

Bea Krinke

Bea Krinke, PhD, MPH, RD, LN, currently serves as adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. Her teaching role has included coordinating the field experiences of nutrition students for over 20 years as well as developing and teaching on-campus and distance courses in various courses, including her favorite: Nutrition and Aging. Krinke's education complemented her work. A specialization in dietetics and an internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics led to work in hospitals, community programs and a progressive member-owned Health Maintenance Organization, where she coordinated several educational programs, including diabetes education. This HMO experience led Krinke to return to the University of Minnesota to earn an MPH in Nutrition with a credential Nutrition Administration. In 1987, Krinke began teaching at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, which prompted her to complete a PhD in Work, Community, and Family Education, specializing in experiential education. Krinke is also the owner of Nutrition Profiles, specializing in recipe analysis, and a member of Slow Food, both of which allow her to satisfy her interests in the cultural aspects of food and nutrition.

Ellen Lechtenberg

Ellen Lechtenberg is the lactation program coordinator at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1996. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. Ellen has the unique advantage of using her nutrition knowledge as a lactation consultant. She has a passion for providing human milk for patients with nutritional challenges such as chylothorax and colitis. Ellen presented her fat free human milk project last year at ILCA and won the project poster. One of her career goals is to increase knowledge of dietitians regarding human milk immunology and breastfeeding thus improving lactation duration. She has presented at local, state and national nutrition meetings. Ellen also has experience working at a corporate level with lactation consultants developing breastfeeding policies and protocols as well as lactation education programs for nurses and health care professionals. She has a B.S. degree from University of Nebraska.

Maureen Murtaugh

Maureen Murtaugh, PhD, RD, is Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah. She enjoys a balance of research and teaching in her current position. She teaches nutrition, including maternal-infant nutrition to medical students and teaches grant writing in a clinical epidemiology program. Her research interests are broad, including the influence of maternal diet on breastfeeding and child outcomes and the influence of diet on the development of chronic disease. Maureen earned her B.S. from Syracuse University; she earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences with a focus on maternal child nutrition from the University of Connecticut. In 1999 she decided to retool her career with a post-doctoral fellowship in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota working with investigators in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. She pursues a healthy work/life balance by enjoying the mountain west's natural playground.

Patricia Splett

Patricia Splett, MPH, PhD, RD, FADA, is a public health nutritionist and an independent evaluation consultant; her consulting projects focus on the evaluation of community-based interventions for chronic disease prevention and management and the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating in the school and community environments to prevent and reduce obesity. She is an adjunct Associate Professor in the graduate nutrition program at the University of Minnesota. Pat earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and her PhD in Education also at University of Minnesota. Her areas of research and evaluation include the cost effectiveness of nutrition interventions for health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management. For several years, Dr. Splett has worked with the American Dietetic Association on the development and implementation of ADA's evidence analysis process and regularly teaches training programs to prepare evidence analysts. She has also been actively involved in the American Dietetic Association's development and dissemination of the nutrition care process and the standardized language for dietetics.

Jamie Stang

Jamie Stang is currently an Associate Professor and Chair, Public Health Nutrition Program, in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health. She also serves on the graduate faculties of Nutrition Science and Maternal and Child Health at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Stang has a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota with a minor in Epidemiology, a MPH from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Public Health Nutrition, and a BS in community dietetics from the University of North Dakota. She is a Registered Dietitian who has completed fellowships in Maternal and Child Health and General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health as well as a post-doc in Maternal and Child Nutrition. Dr Stang's research interests include community-based participatory research in the areas of obesity and type II diabetes prevention, gestational diabetes prevention and treatment and nutrition issues in American Indian communities.

Nancy Wooldridge

Nancy H. Wooldridge is Associate Professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Pediatric Pulmonary Center, where she is the Pediatric Nutrition Coordinator for the Cystic Fibrosis Center. She earned her BS in Dietetics and Institutional Management from the University of Houston and served a dietetic internship at the VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Her master's degree in clinical nutrition is from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Ms. Wooldridge is a frequently invited speaker and has authored numerous publications and abstracts on topics related to pediatric nutrition, specifically the nutrition management of children with chronic pulmonary conditions. Ms. Wooldridge co-authored the Middle Childhood chapter of Bright Futures in Practice: Nutrition and is serving as an editor of the Nutrition Issues and Concerns section for the 4th edition of this publication. She has received numerous honors including the prestigious ADA Medallion Award in 2005.

Table of Contents

1. Nutrition Basics.
2. Preconception Nutrition.
3. Preconception Nutrition: Conditions and Interventions.
4. Nutrition During Pregnancy.
5. Nutrition During Pregnancy: Conditions and Interventions.
6. Nutrition and Lactation.
7. Nutrition and Lactation: Conditions and Interventions.
8. Infant Nutrition.
9. Infant Nutrition: Conditions and Interventions.
10. Toddler and Preschooler Nutrition.
11. Toddler and Preschooler Nutrition: Conditions and Interventions.
12. Child and Preadolescent Nutrition.
13. Child and Preadolescent Nutrition: Conditions and Interventions.
14. Adolescent Nutrition.
15. Adolescent Nutrition: Conditions and Interventions.
16. Adult Nutrition.
17. Adult Nutrition: Conditions and Interventions.
18. Nutrition and the Elderly.
19. Nutrition and the Elderly: Conditions and Interventions.
Appendix A: CDC Growth Charts.
Appendix B: BMI Charts for Adults with Silhouettes.
Appendix C: Nutrient Intakes of Adults Aged 70 and Older.

New to this edition

  • New Emphasis throughout the text on the nutrition care process standards developed by the American Dietetic Association. This new emphasis is important because the practice of dietetics and nutrition is changing due to the emerging emphasis on electronic medical records, evidence-based health care services, and standardization of care delivery. The following additions have been made to the Fourth Edition to incorporate the nutrition care process: 1. Expanded coverage of nutrition assessment in all chapters2. New content in Case Studies related to the nutrition care process3. Added nutrition biomarker values by life cycle stages
  • New Review Questions at the end of Chapters 2-10.
  • Increased emphasis on the use of SI units.
  • Substantial updates in every chapter based on research since the last edition was published.
  • Expanded presentation of oxidative stress, free radicals, antioxidants, chronic inflammation, and their relationship to diet and disease states from infertility to aging.
  • Expanded coverage of ethnic disparities in health status.
  • Incorporated presentations of mechanisms underlying nutrition and disease relationships throughout.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Nutrition CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111480389 | ISBN-13: 9781111480387)

Cengage Learning's Nutrition CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with PERSONAL, 4th Edition.

PowerLecture  (ISBN-10: 0538495375 | ISBN-13: 9780538495370)

The PowerLecture DVD provides a one-stop classroom preparation tool with text-specific lecture and instructor resources to enhance your teaching experience. The fastest and easiest way to build powerful, customized media-rich lectures, PowerLecture assets include figure and photo images for PowerPoint, chapter-specific PowerPoint presentations, a test bank, instructor's manual, and more.

Dietary Guidelines Supplement  (ISBN-10: 1111578699 | ISBN-13: 9781111578695)

In order to provide the most current information, this laminated supplement includes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, updates to Healthy People 2020, and updates to the DRIs for calcium, vitamin D, and sodium.

Student Supplements

Nutrition CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111480389 | ISBN-13: 9781111480387)

Cengage Learning's Nutrition CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with PERSONAL, 4th Edition.

Dietary Guidelines Supplement  (ISBN-10: 1111578699 | ISBN-13: 9781111578695)

In order to provide the most current information, this laminated supplement includes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, updates to Healthy People 2020, and updates to the DRIs for calcium, vitamin D, and sodium.