How Many Calories Should I Be Eating for My Height?

Several factors can influence the number of calories that a person requires each day. A person's height, weight, medical condition and level of activity directly influence his nutritional needs. Consult a dietitian for help determining your daily ideal calorie intake.

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Calories Explained

According to the National Institutes of Health, a calorie measures the amount of energy stored in food. A dietary calorie is equivalent to the amount needed to raise the temperature of 2 lbs. of water by 1 degree Celsius.

Calories for Short People

According to MayoClinic.com, a young adult who is 5 feet tall and somewhat physically active requires roughly 1,850 calories per day to maintain an average, healthy weight of 115 lbs.

Calories for Slightly Short People

MayoClinic.com's calorie calculator tool estimates that an adult who is 5 feet 3 inches tall needs roughly 1,850 to 2,000 daily calories. This would supply an adequate number of calories for a moderately active person who weighs 125 lbs.

Calories for Average Height

If you are approximately 5 feet 6 inches in height, you need about 1,950 to 2,150 calories per day to maintain a weight of 138 lbs. Your calorie needs will be higher if you are very active.

Calories for Slightly Tall People

MayoClinic.com estimates a calorie requirement of 2,050 to 2,300 per day for adults who are 5 feet 9 inches tall. This calorie intake would enable a moderately active person to maintain a weight of 150 lbs.

Calories for Tall People

If you are approximately 6 feet tall, you should consume about 2,100 to 2,450 calories each day to maintain a weight of 160 lbs.

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