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Report on health and social subjects 12. HMSO, London DHSS (1979) Recommended daily amounts offood energy and nutrients for groups of people in the United Kingdom. Report on health and social subjects 15. HMSO, London Thomson AM, Billewicz WZ, Hytten FE (1968) The assessment of fetal growth. J Obstet Gynaecol Br Commonwealth 75:903-916 Lechtig A, Klein RE (1980) Pre-natal nutrition and birthweight: is there a causal association? In: Dobbing J (ed) Maternal nutrition in pregnancy: eating for two.

For the 20% of the men who added more than 14 kg, the equivalent values are 9300 kca1/year (39 MJ) or 25 kca1/day (107 kJ). Even on the assumption that this added weight occurred spasmodically, and perhaps over only 2 or 3 years in all out of the 15 years, this would still have resulted from an excess energy intake of only 125-175 kcal/day (520-730 kJ), which represents a comparatively small quantity of food. However, even this needs to be set into some sort of context. The importance of an extra 150 kcal (630 kJ) or so per day will obviously be related to its proportion of the normal daily intake.

DHSS (1984) Diet and cardiovascular disease. Reports on health and social SUbjects. HMSO, London 50. Belton NR (1985) Infant nutrition 1974-1984: a decade of change. In: Infant physiology and nutrition -the first year. Part I. Gardiner-Caldwell Communications, Macclesfield, pp 9-16 51. DHSS-(1974) Present day practice in infant feeding. Report on health and social subjects 9. HMSO, London 52. Thomson AM (1978) Problems and politics in nutritional surveillance. Proc Nutr Soc 37:317-332 Commentary Sanders: Naismith has side-stepped the issue of what practical advice nutritionists should give about diet, and gives the impression that it is very difficult to select an unbalanced diet.

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