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How Many Calories Do Kids Need Daily?

by
author image Daniel Rhodes
Based in North Wales, U.K., Daniel Rhodes has been writing since 2006. He has worked in education, using extreme/outdoor sports to treat behavioral difficulties in young people, and his articles have appeared in "Tudno Sport" and "Inside Welsh Sport." Rhodes has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Bangor University.
How Many Calories Do Kids Need Daily?
A child's age and level of physical activity determines his daily calorie requirements. Photo Credit Lisa Stirling/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Calories measure the amount of energy contained in foods. Calorie intake is dependent on a child’s age and level of physical activity; the more calories a child burns off every day, the more she will need to replace.

1 to 3 Years

The American Heart Association states that gender has little impact on calorie requirements at the toddler stage. Your child requires between 900 and 1,000 calories per day, with a focus on calcium-based products.

4 to 8 Years

At school age and older, boys tend to have higher metabolic rates. Girls require 1,200 calories and boys require 1,400 calories every day.

9 to 13 Years

The American Heart Association advises minimally active 9- to 13-year-old boys to consume 1,800 calories per day; girls need 1,600 calories a day. Moderately active children should increase these amounts by 400 calories daily. Very active boys and girls require 2,600 calories and 2,200 calories per day, respectively.

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