iChoose® 4 Kids

Calorie Guidelines for Children who are Moderately Physically Active

Gender Age 2-3 Age 4-8 Age 9-13 Age 14-18
Girls 1,000-1,400 1,400-1,600 1,600-2,000 2,000
Boys 1,000-1,400 1,400-1,600 1,800-2,200 2,400-2,800

Moderately active means getting about 60 minutes per day of physical activity that makes you work as hard as a brisk walk, in addition to the regular activities of daily life.

Example of Meals Under 500 Calories

Please note, the number of calories per item varies from restaurant to restaurant. Be sure to check the menu and calorie postings before ordering.

  • Hamburger with small fries and water
  • (6) Chicken nuggets, apple slices and 1% low fat milk
  • Cheeseburger with small soda