Fabian Demicoli

EFSA sets average requirements for Energy intake

EFSA has set average requirements (ARs) for energy intake for adults, infants and children, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. The ARs provide a best estimate of the energy needs of population groups within Europe and will help policymakers to develop and monitor nutrition programmes to promote public health including the establishment of food-based dietary guidelines.

The average energy requirements of the specified age and sex groups were calculated to take account of different levels of physical activity, and are based on an assumed healthy body mass index of 22kg/m2. For example, the Panel has set the following ARs, based on a moderately active lifestyle:


 

 

Age

ARs (kcal/day)

Girls/boys

6

1,500-1,600

12

2,000-2,200

17

2,300-2,900

Women/men

30-39

2,000-2,600

50-59

2,000-2,500

70-79

1,800-2,300

 

The ARs take account of physical activity levels (PALs) that correspond to different lifestyles (sedentary, moderately active, very active, and highly active). Full report can be found at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3005.htm

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