A Preliminary Development of an Integer Goal Programming Model for the Diet Planning of Malaysian Adolescent Athletes
Keywords:Diet Planning, Adolescent Athletes, Mathematical Programming Model
Adolescent athletes need good nutrient intake to support the high level of daily physical activity and the growth development. This paper presents the preliminary works in the development of an integer goal programming model with the objective to produce a nutritious daily diet menu plan that best satisfy the nutrient requirement intake for Malaysian adolescent athlete aged between 13 to 18 years old. To identify the required nutrition, this study put forward the analysis on the varieties of nutrition that are required by adolescent athletes. To formulate the new mathematical model, a cross analysis among past studies which employed mathematical programming techniques in diet planning problem is comprehensively presented. This analysis investigated the elements that constitutes a mathematical model, which are the model objective functions, constraints, sets and parameters. A set of model objective functions which maximize protein intake while minimizing fat consumption is the anticipated novelty of this study. The solution to the mathematical programming model is expected to be referred as a guideline for sport schools to prepare nutritious diet meals for Malaysian adolescent athletes.
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