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

Stephen J. Simpson and David Raubenheimer


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 ecological communities are structured. This 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. The book provides a comprehensive theoretical approach to the analysis of nutrition—the Geometric Framework. The ... More

Keywords: applied nutrition, nutrients, metabolic disease, health, immune response, lifespan, food webs, ecosystem, Geometric Framework, human obesity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691145655
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691145655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen J. Simpson, author
University of Sydney

David Raubenheimer, author
Massey University