Nutrition Comparison of Genders and Ages

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Teenage male athlete

Pregnant 30 year old

Male elderly patient



Alpen cereal with yogurt.
2 slices of whole wheat bread with soft cheese.
Orange juice.
cereal with milk and berries
1 slice of whole wheat toast.
Glass of milk.


Chicken breast.
Toasted almonds and dried apricot.
Apple juice.
Chickpeas and carrot.
Cake and custard.
Spaghetti bolognaises.
Mixed salad.
Apple juice.
Ham in 2 slices whole wheat bread.
Cucumber and tomatoes slices.


sardines tined
Mixed salad leaves.
Sliced tomatoes.
Jacket potatoes.
2 slices of whole wheat bread.
2poached eggs.
Cheese sticks
Mixed veg.
Shepherd pie
Runner beans and carrots.
Cake with custard.



Porridge with milk.
2 slice whole wheat bread with Nutella.
Orange juice
Muesli with yogurt.
Orange juice
1 slice of whole wheat toast with Nutella.
2 slices of whole wheat bread.
1 scrambled egg.
Orange juice.


Macaroni cheese.
Broccoli and cauliflower.
Mix berries with yogurt.
Baked pasta with chicken and tomatoes.
Mixed leave salad and cucumber.
Chicken casserole.
Mix veg.
Rice pudding.


Ribeye steak in mushroom sauce.
Roasted potatoes.
Mixed veg (sweet corn, carrot and peas).
Rice pudding.
2 slices whole wheat bread.
Baked beans.
Fruit salad with yogurt.
Glass of milk.
Noodle soup.
Cheese selection.



Cereal with milk
2 slice whole wheat bread with soft cheese.
Orange juice.
Porridge with blue berry.
Glass of milk.
1 slice of mixed seed toast with soft cheese.
Cereal with milk.
1 toast with jam.


Sea bass
Boiled potatoes.
Steamed broccoli and cauliflower.
Fruit salad and ice cream.
Brown rice with chili con carne.
Steamed broccoli, cauliflower.
Orange juice.
Fisherman pie.
Apple pie.


Spaghetti in tomatoes’ sauce.
Grated cheese.
Garlic bread.
Mixed leaves salad with cucumber.
Beef medallion.
Roast potatoes.
Mixt veg.
Fruit smoothie.
Bread roll.
Chicken soup.
2 slices of whole meal bread.
Peaches slices.


The teenage male needs an estimated average requirement of 2755 calories a day. Males require the most dietary energy during this age, due to the body needs of more energy and nutrients, because during teenage years the human body has a rapid growth and development rate. Teenager’s diet in general needs to be rich of carbohydrate, Minerals (calcium, iron …) and proteins which needed for muscle development, bones and growth. Also needs vitamins which are chemical compounds that are required for normal growth and metabolism. He also needs extra calories because he is an athlete. Thus his body needs more sugar to burn during exercise, potassium rich food (mixed berries)because of the excess sweating, more protein which improves athletic performance, carbohydrates and fat.

The 30 year female needs 1940 calories and an extra 200 because she is pregnant. Her diet need to consist of high iron rich food like: meat, pulses, dried fruit and nuts, also food rich of vitamin C if she is a vegetarian to help absorb more iron to avoid been anemic. Consume food high in vitamins, folic acid for baby brain development. More Carbohydrate for energy needed, as she the life support for her baby. example of high carbohydrate rich food are pasta, potatoes ,cereals, rice and couscous. Proteins and calcium rich food for example: canned fish with bones, broccoli and dairy product, thus needed for baby development and her general health.

Age is a factor that affect the estimated average requirement (EAR).therefore The elderly male does not need as much calories as the teenage athlete . He only needs around 2100 calories; however his body requires proteins to strengthen his immune system by making antibodies and heamoglobin, and increases his strength in general. Examples of high proteins rich food are: meat, seafood and eggs. He needs calcium because the bone density shrinks with age, and Carbohydrate needed for energy as it serve as the main energy source for the human body.


Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition that causes the body blood sugar level to become very high. That does occur when the pancreas does not secret enough insulin to control glucose level. With type2 diabetes the body either does not produce enough insulin to control the sugar level (insulin deficiency) or the body cells stops reacting to it, which called insulin resistance. It’s most common in people over 40, however the number of younger people diagnosed is in the increase.

The person that is more at risk of developing the condition is overweight or obese, the fat in the abdomen releases chemicals that affect the body metabolic function. Therefore regular exercise and balanced diet helps assist to maintain a healthy weight, which will decrease the risk of developing and managing the condition. Also there is a genetic factor, so if you have a relation with type 2 diabetic you are at risk of developing the condition.(1)

Atherosclerosis is a serious condition where the arteries walls thicken, and become clogged up affecting the blood circulation. This is very dangerous for the body’s health as it restrict blood flow resulting in organs damage and malfunction. Furthermore if this fatty substances rupture it can cause blood clot, the latter can trigger a heart attack or a stroke.

Atherosclerosis is a risk factor for number of conditions called cardiovascular disease (CVD) because it involves blood flow.

In human body the arteries become narrow as the body age, leading to atherosclerosis. However life style plays big role in speeding the process, for example smoking and consuming alcohol. One of the major risk factors is obesity due to poor diet that is high in fat content, cholesterol and consuming food over the estimated average requirement for the person. Also high blood presser and diabetes, which also caused by obesity. (2)

Rickets is a condition that affects the bones during development in early childhood. The bones become soft and weak, making them deformed.

Rickets was very common in the past, but with medical progress and information it nearly disappeared. The diet plays a big factor in developing this condition, thus the lack of vitamin D and calcium is the most common cause. Therefore this deficiency causes rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Vitamin D is produced by the skin when it’s exposed to sun light, also found in fortified cereal and small number of food i.e. eggs. Calcium is found in dairy product such as cheese, and in green vegetables. This condition is common in children with darker skin because they need more sunlight in order to make enough vitamin D. (3)


a) In order for the human body to be able to absorb nutrient it needed from the food to the bloodstream, the food has to be digested properly. So absorption and assimilation can happen only if food is turned into small molecules. For example when we eat a piece of bread, it start to break by been chewed in the mouth. This mechanism serve two purposes: 1 it become small to swallow.2saves body energy. Then the enzyme in the saliva breaks the carbohydrate into sugar which the body uses for energy.


Organ/body part



Mouth/Buccal cavity

Chewing /mastication

Making food easier to swallow.
Chopping food up into small bits.
Signal to the body to start the digestive process.


Swallowing, contracting or expanding (peristalsis).

Pushing the food down into the stomach.
Stops the food from getting to air pipe.


Churning, emulsification and contracting.

Turning the food into semi fluid.
Storage of food, to prevent the small intestine from being too full.

Small intestine


Most Nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream in the jejunum
Fat absorption occurs in the duodenum.

Large intestine

Pushing of fecal matter out.


Conserve water and sodium.
Transport fecal matters out of the body.



Stool excretion.


Name of digestive juice

Site of production

Enzymes in digestive juice

Function of the enzymes



Lingual lipases.
Digest the starch from food and breaks carbs into sugar.
Digestion of fats within the stomach.

Gastric juice.


Breaks down proteins into small peptides.
Breaking down fat into fatty acids and glycerol molecules.

pancreatic juice.


Breaking down large molecules of food, i.e. protein molecules into one-, two-, and three-amino acid chain…
Allow the gall bladder to release bile.
Neutralize the hydrochloric acid.
Continue the hydrolysis of starch.

Intestinal juice.

Small intestine.

Turns maltose into glucose.
Dipeptides break protein into Amino acids.



Digestive system organ



The stomach is responsible for the gastric stage of digestion. It breaks the food into liquid called chyme due to the hydrochloric acid, which works to decontaminate food from bacteria. The stomach wall is protected by mucous layer so the acid does not affect it .the gastric fundal mucosa produce pepsinogen enzyme and with the acid in the stomach it become activated as pepsin, the latter breaks proteins molecules into peptide. The lipase enzyme in the stomach is responsible for fat hydrolysis. The lower part of the stomach is called pylorus, which is responsible for empting the chyme into the small intestine and regulate the amount of acid produced by the stomach.


The liver has a vital role in the digestive secret bile into the small intestine to break fat molecules. The liver works as a sieve for harmful substances i.e. drugs, and has multiple functions throughout the body systems.

Small intestine

The small intestine is responsible for most of nutrient absorption and further digestion. The top part of the intestine (Duodenum) works as a neutralization chamber in which Bicarbonate decreases the chyme acidity. It’s in here that the pancreatic juice is secreted, the latter has enzymes: Trypsin, Lipase, and Amylase. And chymotrypsin, which break down large molecules of food. Most of nutrient absorption occurs in the Jejunum, the latter’s surface has villi which create large area for transport of nutrients from the lumen to the blood stream. Ileum is the last part of the small intestine, it absorb any nutrients left.

The mouth

The mouth is the beginning of the digestive system. Mastication breaks food into small piece that can be swallowed. This mechanical process safes the body’s energy. The enzyme in the saliva starts the chemical digestion. The Amylase which starts by breaking starch into sugar and Lingual lipases begins breaking of fats.


The stomach

The stomach is muscular bag, where gastric stage of digestion start. The food enters the stomach via the cardiac sphincter, the latter stops the contents of the stomach from splashing up into the oesophagus. The pyloric sphincter keeps food inside the stomach by contracting and controls the amount of food that passes into the small intestine. The stomach has three layers of muscle that contract in order to digest the food mechanically, which aid in breaking the food into chyme, mixing it with gastric juices and moving it around and through the stomach. The longitudinal muscles contraction causes the stomach to shorten and widen, the circular muscles that run around the stomach causes it to lengthens and become narrow, while the diagonal muscle cause it to twist. This muscular contraction called peristalsis. The geometry of the lumen increases the churning action in the stomach, and the rugae lining flatten to create more space for food and become folds when this movements and changes to the stomach wall, combined with chemical reaction (mucosal glands secretion of gastric juice), breaks food molecules in the stomach.

The small intestine is longer than the colon, but smaller in diameter (hence the name).When the chyme leaves the stomach it deposed in the first part of the intestine called the Duodenum. A canal is linked to this part from the pancreas and gall bladder. It’s through here that the pancreatic juice is secreted into the small intestine. The muscle coats: longitudinal and circular, contract and relax to aid the food to squeeze along the digestive tract. This is called Peristalsis. Most of nutrient the body needs is absorbed in the small intestine through its lining, which is covered by tiny microvilli, the latter gives the lining a large surface area for absorption.

The large intestine (colon) is the last stop for food in the digestive system. Its longitudinal and circular muscles aid the movement of food in the colon. The latter is divided into four sections: the ascending colon, the transverse colon, the descending colon and the sigmoid colon. The colon is made up of the mocosa layer, which is lined with goblet cells that secrete mucous, the latter aids the food passage through the colon. The mucosa layer is in top of the submucosa layer, which is a connective tissue. The walls of the colon unlike the small intestine it has no villi, as not much absorption happen her.