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The Nature of Nutrition: A Unifying Framework from Animal Adaptation to Human Obesity

The Nature of Nutrition: A Unifying Framework from Animal Adaptation to Human Obesity (Hardback)

By Simpson, Stephen J.
By Raubenheimer, David

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Nutrition has long been considered more the domain of medicine and agriculture than of the biological sciences, yet it touches and shapes all aspects of the natural world. The need for nutrients determines whether wild animals thrive, how populations evolve and decline, and how e...cological communities are structured. The Nature of Nutrition is the first book to address nutrition's enormously complex role in biology, both at the level of individual organisms and in their broader ecological interactions. Stephen Simpson and David Raubenheimer provide a comprehensive theoretical approach to the analysis of nutrition - the Geometric Framework. They show how it can help us to understand the links between nutrition and the biology of individual animals, including the physiological mechanisms that determine the nutritional interactions of the animal with its environment, and the consequences of these interactions in terms of health, immune responses, and lifespan. Simpson and Raubenheimer explain how these effects translate into the collective behavior of groups and societies, and in turn influence food webs and the structure of ecosystems. Then they demonstrate how the Geometric Framework can be used to tackle issues in applied nutrition, such as the problem of optimizing diets for livestock and endangered species, and how it can also help to address the epidemic of human obesity and metabolic disease Drawing on a wealth of examples from slime molds to humans, The Nature of Nutrition has important applications in ecology, evolution, and physiology, and offers promising solutions for human health, conservation, and agriculture.
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ISBN 9780691145655
Released NZ 15 Jun 2012
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
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ISBN-13 9780691145655
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 15 Jun 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Simpson, Stephen J.
By Raubenheimer, David
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Personal & Public Health: Dietetics & Nutrition
Zoology & Animal Sciences
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 572.41
Weight 510g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Nutrition, Obesity, Bioenergetics, Animal nutrition, Energy metabolism
NBS Text Life Sciences: Zoology
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly