Calorie Needs Chart
Estimated Calorie Needs per Day by Age, Gender, and Physical Activity Level*
Estimated amounts of calories needed to maintain calorie balance for various gender and age groups at three different levels of physical activity. The estimates are rounded to the nearest 200 calories. An individual’s calorie needs may be higher or lower than these average estimates.
  Physical Activity Level**
Gender Age (years) Sedentary Moderately Active Active
Child (female and male) 2-3 1,000-1,200*** 1,000-1,400*** 1,000-1,400***
Female**** 4-8 1,200-1,400 1,400-1,600 1,400-1,800
  9-13 1,400-1,600 1,600-2,000 1,800-2,200
  14-18 1,800 2,000 2,400
  19-30 1,800-2,000 2,000-2,200 2,400
  31-50 1,800 2,000 2,200
  50+ 1,600 1,800 2,000-2,200
         
Male 4-8 1,200-1,400 1,400-1,600 1,600-2,000
  9-13 1,600-2,000 1,800-2,200 2,000-2,600
  14-18 2,000-2,400 2,400-2,800 2,800-3,200
  19-30 2,400-2,600 2,600-2,800 3,000
  31-50 2,200-2,400 2,400-2,600 2,800-3,000
  51+ 2,000-2,200 2,200-2,400 2,400-2,800

*Based on Estimated Energy Requirements (EER) equations, using reference heights (average) and reference weights (healthy) for each age/gender group. For children and adolescents, reference height and weight vary. For adults, the reference man is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 154 pounds. The reference woman is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 126 pounds. EER equations are from the Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference intakes for Energy Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein and Amino Acids. Washington (DC): The National Academies Press; 2002
** Sedentary means a lifestyle that includes only light physical activity associated with typical day-to-day life. Moderately active means a lifestyle that includes physical activity equivalent to walking about 1.5 to 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 miles per hour, in addition to the light physical activity associated with day-to-day life. Active means a lifestyle that includes physical activity equivalent to walking more than 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 miles per hour, in addition to the light physical activity associated with day-to-day life.
***The calorie ranges shown are to accommodate needs of different ages within the group. For children and adolescents, more calories are needed at older ages. For adults, fewer calories are needed at older ages.
****Estimates for females do not include women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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