Calories needed per day
According to the FDA, the average adult male in the USA burns about 2,200 to 2,400 calories per day and females about 2,000 to 2,200 calories per day. Your food reserve should reflect this daily average if you want to maintain your current health. The number of calories that you should eat depends of your weight, age, height, and your activity levels.
The data below estimates the number of calories a typical person (based on age and gender) should consume each day. While there are clearly exceptions this is a pretty solid general estimate.
|Sex||Age||Calories a day|
|Children||2-3 years old||1000 calories|
|Children||4-8 years old||1200-1400 calories|
|Girls||9-13 years old||1600 calories|
|Boys||9-13 years old||1800 calories|
|Girls||14-18 years old||1800 calories|
|Boys||14-18 years old||2200 calories|
|Females||19-30 years old||2000 calories|
|Males||19-30 years old||2400 calories|
|Females||31-50 years old||1800 calories|
|Males||31-50 years old||2200 calories|
|Females||51+ years old||1600 calories|
|Males||51+ years old||2000 calories|