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

About to turn 81, Elizabeth Wetter is 5 ft 6 in. tall and weighs 106 lb. She has had Parkinson’s disease for 5 years, but that is not what concerns her. Her problem is pain from arthritis and lack of energy. She saw an ad on television for a vitamin- mineral supplement with ginseng that promises “more energy.” Her son also told her to take a liquid dietary supplement to “feel better.” Eighteen months ago, she had successful surgery for colon cancer, which was followed by chemotherapy treatments. She is now free of cancer. After the cancer treatment, she fell and broke a hip. This healed well, but serious leg pains started shortly afterward. There seems to be no cause for the pain, and a cure is unavailable. She is no longer able to take her walks through the neighborhood or tend her prize-winning garden. She would like to weigh 118 pounds again (her “usual”) and is seeking nutritional counseling to try to regain some of her energy.

Calculate her energy needs and suggest strategies she might use to regain some energy.

Summary Introduction

To determine: The energy needs for Person EW and suggestions regarding strategies she might use to regain some energy.

Introduction: The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) energy calculations are based on age and physical activity and its goal is to maintain a healthy body weight. Underweight individuals require to regain energy in order to bring the body mass index (BMI) to normal.


Person EW, aged 81, is 5 ft 6 in. tall and weighs 106 lb with a history of Parkinson’s disease for last 5 years. Person EW has an arthritis pain and suffers from lack of energy. She learned from a television advertisement about a vitamin-mineral energy supplement with ginseng. Also, Person EW’s son advised her to opt for a liquid dietary supplement.

Person EW had a successful surgery related to colon cancer eighteen months ago and was followed by chemotherapy treatment which made her free from cancer. After the surgery, one day she fell and broke her hip. Though it had healed well, she started suffering from serious leg pain without any known reason. Person EW is unable to walk properly owing to the pain which seems incurable, but she wants to gain her usual weight of 118 pounds. She is seeking nutritional counselling to gain some energy.

Energy needs of Person EW is calculated considering her age as 81. The value of energy needs can be calculated as follows:


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