Teen Life

Nutritional Needs for Teens...

Early Stages:

A surge in appetite around the age of ten in girls and twelve in boys foreshadows the growth spurt of puberty.

Intake...

Calories are the measurement used to express the energy delivered by food. The body demands more calories during early adolescence than at any other time of life. On average, boys require about two thousand eight hundred calories per day; and girls, two thousand two hundred calories per day.

Teens need help...

A well-rounded diet based on the USDA guidelines should deliver sufficient amounts of all the essential vitamins and minerals. Adolescents tend to most often fall short of their daily quotas of calcium, iron and zinc. Teenagers should also eat plenty of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats because they are the most important nutrients for a growing teenage body.
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