Nutrition in Childhood and Adolescence
Part of this Programme
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Bachelor | Semestral | 3,5
Year | Type of course unit | Language
4 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
91 | 45
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Nutrition in childhood:
Feeding in pregnancy and impact on the health of the mother and the future baby.
The Healthy Infant: breastfeeding versus infant formulas;
Food Diversification: planning the introduction of various foods;
Specific legislation on infant formulas and foods intended for infants and young children;
Specific pathological conditions: food allergies and intolerances, celiac disease...
The preterm newborn and the low birth weight newborn
Pre School and School Nutrition:
importance of food education / intervention Childhood obesity: prevention vs treatment; consequences in the short, medium and long term
Growth curves (weight, height and BMI)
Nutrition in adolescence:
Specific nutritional needs:
Physical and physiological changes: puberty and its repercussions on body composition and nutritional needs Importance of body image
Risks of imbalance: Obesity Eating Disorders
Convey students of the importance of nutrition in the early years of life;
Provide students the knowledge on the specific nutritional needs during the first 1000 days, childhood and adolescence.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
With this curricular unit the student should understand the main physical and physiological characteristics that determine the nutritional and nutritional needs of these age groups.
The student should be able to intervene from the nutritional point of view in individuals of these groups.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
Lectures: with voluntary attendance, following the program set.
Theoretical-practical classes: tutorial aimed to consolidate the acquired knowledge, through the active participation of the student inn teaching - learning process: research, critical evaluation, analysis and transmission of scientific information about relevant themes to the curricular unit in order to develop skills for the future professional activity. Resolution of practical work on the definition and nutritional evaluation of menus for children and young people. Preparation of group work for presentation in plenary.
Evaluation by ''Continuous evaluation'' (written tests, participation and performance in individual or group projects) with the possibility of written final exam on the total programme in case of negative grade in ''Continuous evaluation'' system. The minimal grade allowed is 10.
- I. Darnton-Hill. C. Nishida. W.P.T. James. (2004). A life course approach to diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases. Public Health Nutr., 7(1A), 101-21.
- Ata Pediátrica Portuguesa, Vol. 43, n.º 5, Setembro/Outubro 2012, Suplemento II
- FEWTRELL, M, ET AL Complementary Feeding: A Position Paper by the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Committee on Nutrition (2017) Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 46:99-110
- Associação Portuguesa dos Celíacos. Doença Celíaca. 2011
- Mahan, L.K. and S. Escott-Stump, (2012) Krause's Food and Nutrition Therapy. 12th ed. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.