Calories needed per day

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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