Eating a healthy, balanced diet and being physically active are particularly important for kids. Bodies are still growing and behaviours formed now can last a lifetime.
So they need fuel. But like adults, there is no magic, single kJ number for all kids. Every child is different.
Our Ideal Figure calculator uses special equations to suggest an ideal figure to maintain weight in children younger than 10 years and for teens. The kids' version is right below. There is no option to make weight loss a goal in this one. If you're concerned about their weight, consult a qualified health professional.
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Everyone's body works differently, and this is just a starting point. It might take some trial and error.
The good news is: small changes can make a big difference.
Doctors and other health care professionals are the best people to determine whether a child or adolescent's current weight is healthy. They have growth charts of weight-for-age and weight-for-height and they can consider growth patterns.