Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007



Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

Darden is an 18-year-old male who is in his first year of undergraduate education at the state university. He hasn’t yet declared a major but is leaning toward a dual degree in business and environmental studies. Darden lives in a residence hall on campus, where he has a 12-meal-per-week meal plan. He usually skips breakfast because he doesn’t get up early enough to get to the cafeteria before his 9 a.m. class. He does stop at a coffee shop on his way to class several times per week, where he usually orders a macchiato or mocha coffee drink.

Darden eats lunch and dinner at the cafeteria most days of the week. He tends to focus on foods that are quick to eat, such as chicken sandwiches, pizza, french fries, chicken fingers, and burgers. Occasionally, he will focus on the salad bar or sandwich bar, but often doesn’t feel he has the time to do this. On weekends, he usually eats brunch late in the morning, snacking the rest of the day. Darden does have a mini-fridge and microwave in his dorm room, which he shares with a roommate. He keeps nonperishable foods in his room such as chips, cookies, ramen noodles, and microwave popcorn; the mini-fridge is mostly used to store soft drinks and sports drinks. There are no grocery stores on campus so he buys his food and beverages at either the big-box pharmacy chain store or the convenience store close to his residence hall.

Darden has an interest in sustainable food practices, so he joined an environmental justice group on campus. The group frequently discusses topics related to animal welfare and the impact of feedlots on climate change. Darden has decided to follow the lead of his fellow group members and become a vegetarian, eliminating red meat, poultry, and fish from his diet. Within two months of becoming a vegetarian, he decided to give up all animal protein, including eggs and milk. He also avoids foods with high fructose corn syrup and preservatives when possible. Rather than gain the “freshman 15” he seems to have lost a bit of weight as his clothes fit looser than at the beginning of the semester.

What are potential benefits of Darden’s dietary choices?

Summary Introduction

To state: The potential benefits of Person D’s dietary choices.

Introduction: Adolescents, especially those involved in the extra-curricular activities usually find it difficult to devote time to healthy meals. Due to this reason, they are more prone to meal skipping, snacking, and eating food that costs less and is quicker to eat. Snacking can be included in dietary plans to complement meals, but adolescents usually replace regular meals by a less-energy giving, dense and less nutritional snack items.


Person D is 18-years old pursuing a dual degree in business and environmental studies. He lives in a campus that offers a 12-meal-per-week meal plan. He skips breakfast and  replaces that meal with a high-calorie coffee. Person D mostly takes lunch and dinner at the cafeteria in his residence hall, but the nutritional composition he had focused on were that of higher calories. He rarely had  a salad bar or a sandwich bar. On weekends, he usually replaces two meals with a brunch and had several snacks throughout the day. Person D has a mini-fridge that remains stuffed with various fluid beverages that he used to complement to his diet. He also has a microwave in his shared room. Person D had interest in animal welfare and joined a group that inculcates sustainable food practices and can impact feedlots in terms of climate change. After two months of his undergraduate education, he decided to become a strict vegetarian. This was in an attempt to limit the sources of animal proteins and that resulted in a visible weight loss for Person D...

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