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Maintaining and improving health, Fourth edition, 4th Edition

By Geoffrey P. Webb

CRC Press

608 pages

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The fourth edition of Nutrition: maintaining and improving health continues to offer wide-ranging coverage of all aspects of nutrition, including:

  • Nutritional assessment
  • Epidemiological and experimental methods used in nutrition research
  • Social aspects of nutrition
  • The science of food as a source of energy and essential nutritients
  • Variation in nutritional needs and priorities at different stages of the life-cycle
  • Hospital malnutrition
  • The use of dietary supplements and functional foods

Completely updated, this accessible textbook offers a comprehensive guide to the roles of diet in causing, preventing, and even treating chronic disease and maintaining good health. The importance of improving health is a guiding principle throughout the book and is underpinned by health promotion theory.

This is essential reading for all nutrition and dietetics students, including those studying nutrition modules as part of food science, catering, or health care courses.

Table of Contents

Concepts and principles

Changing priorities for nutrition education

Food selection

Methods of nutritional assessment and surveillance

Methods used to establish links between diet and disease

Dietary guidelines and recommendations

Cellular energetics

Energy, energy balance and obesity

Introduction to energy aspects of nutrition

Energy balance and its regulation


The Nutrients


Protein and amino acids


The micronutrients

The Vitamins

The minerals

Variation in nutritional requirements and priorities

Nutrition and the human life-cycle

Nutrition as treatment

Some other groups and situations

The safety and quality of food

The safety and quality of food

About the Author

Dr Geoffrey Webb
Nutrition Writer and Consultant, School of Health and Bio Science, University of East London, London, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nutrition