Nutritional status and physical work capacity


  • G. B. Spurr

    1. Department of Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226, Research Service, V.A. Medical Center, Wood, Wisconsin 53193
    2. Department of Physiological Sciences, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
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The functional consequences of nutritional intake and resulting nutritional status are reviewed in terms of maximal oxygen consumption, physical work capacity, heart rate response to exercise, work productivity, and endurance at submaximal work loads. The results of both acute “laboratory” and chronic “naturally occurring” malnutrition are considered as well as the effects of dietary supplementation and recovery from previously existing undernutrition. Obesity and anemia are also treated as separate but related nutritional entities.