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Nutritional Needs in Hot Environments: Applications for Military Personnel in Field Operations (1993)

Chapter: Part I: Committee Summary and Recommendations

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Suggested Citation:"Part I: Committee Summary and Recommendations." Institute of Medicine. 1993. Nutritional Needs in Hot Environments: Applications for Military Personnel in Field Operations. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2094.
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PART I
Committee Summary and Recommendations

OVERVIEW

PART I CONSISTS OF TWO CHAPTERS. Chapter 1 provides the background for the report. It describes the task presented to the Committee on Military Nutrition Research (CMNR) by the Military Nutrition Division, U.S. Army Institute for Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command; summarizes the relevant background material; and presents the committee's findings. The Army posed 11 questions to the committee; these questions are also listed in Chapter 1. In addition, this chapter presents an overview of the relevant areas of concern, a review of current military dietary standards, and a summary of the committee's interpretation of the current scientific knowledge in these areas. Chapter 2 presents the committee's answers to the questions posed by the Army and its conclusions. Chapter 2 also includes specific and general recommendations developed by the CMNR.

Suggested Citation:"Part I: Committee Summary and Recommendations." Institute of Medicine. 1993. Nutritional Needs in Hot Environments: Applications for Military Personnel in Field Operations. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2094.
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This volume examines the current state of knowledge concerning the influence of a hot environment on nutrient requirements of military personnel. A parallel concern is ensuring that performance does not decline as a result of inadequate nutrition.

The committee provides a thorough review of the literature in this area and interprets the diverse data in terms of military applications. In addition to a focus on specific nutrient needs in hot climates, the committee considers factors that might change food intake patterns and therefore overall calories. Although concern for adequate nutrition for U.S. soldiers in Saudi Arabia prompted the initiation of this project, its scope includes the nutrient needs of individuals who may be actively working in both hot-dry and hot-moist climates.

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