Adults Are Faced with a New Set of Nutrition Concerns What Nutrition Based Issues Do Adults Face

The threshold for adulthood is arbitrary and depends on whom you are asking. Some may define it based upon age, such as 18 years of age and greater. Others may take a more physiological approach and define it as the point at which one's greatest stature is reached. However, this latter explanation becomes problematic as some humans may reach their maximal stature in their teen years while others may not obtain their peak stature until their early twenties. While much of this book has discussed nutrition applicable to younger adults, most of the following discussion will focus upon older adults. However, alcohol consumption will first be addressed as the legal drinking age in the United States is 21. Also addressed will be the importance of young adulthood with regard to osteoporosis prevention. And in the next chapter the importance of the younger years of life to preventing heart disease and cancer will be discussed. Young to middle adulthood years are probably the most important years with regard to preventing the most significant diseases plaguing older adults, namely heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.

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