With one in three obese children in the U.S., it is clear that we need to focus more on the diets and lifestyle of our kids.
How many calories should our kids be eating on a daily basis? Probably not as much as you think. Let’s break it down.
Children aged between 1 and 3 years of age require between 800-1,000 calories per day.
Primary School Children
Kids aged between 4 to 7 require slightly more calories at 1,000-1,400 per day.
This age group covers the 8 to 12 year old age group and requires between 1,400-1.800 calories depending on the child’s activity levels.
It stands to reason that the teen age group from 13 to 18 would need the most calories at 1,600 – 2,000 calories.
As modern parents it is easy to fill our kids with ready to go high fat, high sugar foods. Quality over quantity is important for all the age groups and will create healthy eating patterns well into their adult years.