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How many calories should a averaged sized teenager be taking in?

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Danielle Jones
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In brief: Large Range

Calorie requirements for teenagers can have a very large range, from 1, 500 to 3, 000+ per day, depending on activity level and other factors.
The amount a person needs to consume is based on their sex, current weight, whether they are trying to gain, lose or maintain weight and how much exercise & activity they do. Talk with your child's pediatrician for specifics.

In brief: Large Range

Calorie requirements for teenagers can have a very large range, from 1, 500 to 3, 000+ per day, depending on activity level and other factors.
The amount a person needs to consume is based on their sex, current weight, whether they are trying to gain, lose or maintain weight and how much exercise & activity they do. Talk with your child's pediatrician for specifics.
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