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Estimated Energy Requirements

Canada's
Food
Guide
Males (Calories per day)
Age SedentaryTable 1 footnote 1
Level
Low ActiveTable 1 footnote 2
Level
ActiveTable 1 footnote 3
Level

Table 1 footnotes

Table 1 footnote 1

Sedentary: Your typical daily routine requires little physical movement (e.g., sitting for long periods, using a computer, relying primarily on motorized transportation) and you accumulate little physical activity in your leisure time.

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Table 1 footnote 2

Low Active: Your typical daily routine involves some physical activity (e.g., walking to bus, mowing the lawn, shovelling snow) and you accumulate some additional physical activity in your leisure time.

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Table 1 footnote 3

Active: Your typical daily tasks involve some physical activity and you accumulate at least 2 hours of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. Moderate- to vigorous- physical activity will make you breathe harder and your heart beat faster.

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2-3 y 1100 1350 1500
4-5 y 1250 1450 1650
6-7 y 1400 1600 1800
8-9 y 1500 1750 2000
10-11 y 1700 2000 2300
12-13 y 1900 2250 2600
14-16 y 2300 2700 3100
17-18 y 2450 2900 3300
19-30 y 2500 2700 3000
31-50 y 2350 2600 2900
51-70 y 2150 2350 2650
71 y + 2000 2200 2500
Females (Calories per day)
Age SedentaryTable 1 footnote 1
Level
Low ActiveTable 1 footnote 2
Level
ActiveTable 1 footnote 3
Level

Table 1 footnotes

Table 1 footnote 1

Sedentary: Your typical daily routine requires little physical movement (e.g., sitting for long periods, using a computer, relying primarily on motorized transportation) and you accumulate little physical activity in your leisure time.

Return to table 1 footnote 1 referrer

Table 1 footnote 2

Low Active: Your typical daily routine involves some physical activity (e.g., walking to bus, mowing the lawn, shovelling snow) and you accumulate some additional physical activity in your leisure time.

Return to table 1 footnote 2 referrer

Table 1 footnote 3

Active: Your typical daily tasks involve some physical activity and you accumulate at least 2 hours of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. Moderate- to vigorous- physical activity will make you breathe harder and your heart beat faster.

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2-3 y 1100 1250 1400
4-5 y 1200 1350 1500
6-7 y 1300 1500 1700
8-9 y 1400 1600 1850
10-11 y 1500 1800 2050
12-13 y 1700 2000 2250
14-16 y 1750 2100 2350
17-18 y 1750 2100 2400
19-30 y 1900 2100 2350
31-50 y 1800 2000 2250
51-70 y 1650 1850 2100
71 y + 1550 1750 2000

These values are approximations calculated using Canadian median heights and weights that were derived from the median normal BMI for different levels of physical activity

Your individual values may be different. The requirement for energy varies between individuals due to factors such as genetics, body size and body composition. These values are not for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

To approximate your individual estimated energy requirement, use the information provided.