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Darna Dufour

Darna L Dufour is a Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. Her research interests have focused on nutritional anthropology and energetics. She has completed major research projects on the energetics of subsistence horticulture in the Amazon Basin and the problems associated with bitter cassava as a dietary staple. Current research focuses on the under nutrition of low SES urban women in Cali, Colombia. She has served two terms as the Chair of the Department of Anthropology, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is a past President of the Human Biology Association and the current Chair of the Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association. In 2000 she co-edited the reader Nutritional Anthropology: Biocultural Perspectives on Food and Nutrition.

Multiple Strategies To Meet The Energy Costs Of Human Lactation – But Not Increased Energy Efficiency

For all animals, reproduction entails an investment of time and energy. Among humans, lactation (i.e., breastfeeding) is, perhaps surprisingly, the most metabolically expensive phase of the entire reproductive cycle. That is, mothers need more energy (i.e., calories) per day to […]