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Healthy Diet for a 17 Year Old

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Healthy Diet for a 17 Year Old
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Obesity among adolescents has increased since the dawn of the 21st century, but one way a 17-year-old can avoid weight-related health risks is to eat a balanced diet. Although regular exercise also contributes to a teen's overall health, making nutritious dietary choices and keeping consumption of unhealthy drinks and foods to a minimum can improve your teen's well-being.

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In general, a 17-year-old should eat a diet based around whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and lean proteins such as fish, beans and poultry. The specific caloric intake for this age group varies according to factors such as a teen's level of physical activity, but females should have 1,800 to 2,400 calories daily, while males should have 2,000 to 3,200 calories daily. Teens should also aim to reduce their intake of foods that are high in sodium, sugar and saturated and trans fats. In addition, teens need to get at least an hour of exercise per day, coupled with a healthy diet.

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