Physical activity increases calorie needs, so those who are more physically active need more total calories and have a larger limit for empty calories. People who are not physically active need less calories. The following chart gives a general guide.
Estimated Calories for Those Who Are Not Physically Active
|Age and gender||Total daily calorie needs*||Daily limit for empty calories**|
|Children 2-3 yrs||1000 cals||135|
|Children 4-8 yrs||1200-1400 cals||120|
|Girls 9-13 yrs||1600 cals||120|
|Boys 9-13 yrs||1800 cals||160|
|Girls 14-18 yrs||1800 cals||160|
|Boys 14-18 yrs||2200 cals||265|
|Females 19-30 yrs||2000 cals||260|
|Males 19-30 yrs||2400 cals||330|
|Females 31-50 yrs||1800 cals||160|
|Males 31-50 yrs||2200 cals||265|
|Females 51+ yrs||1600 cals||120|
|Males 51+ yrs||2000 cals||260|
* These amounts are appropriate for individuals who get less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days. Those who are more active need more total calories, and have a higher limit for empty calories.
** The limit for empty calories is higher for children 2 and 3 years old than it is for some older children, because younger children have lower nutrient needs and smaller recommended intakes from the basic food groups.
(Source: USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov)