But because all calories are not equal, we will then review the basic nutritional guidelines for adolescents as suggested by American Dietetic Association and the Food and Nutrition Information Center at the United States Department of Agriculture.
Finally, we will provide some practical suggestions that will enable parents to assist their teens to make healthy food choices.
Furthermore, their diets lack an adequate amount of fiber.
In addition to these problems of what to eat, and what not to eat, many teens also struggle with how much to eat.
In general, guys need to eat more than girls during adolescence, and more active youth need to eat more than less active youth.
As well, adolescents' caloric needs can fluctuate daily depending on youths' changing activity levels.
In general, sedentary 12-year-old males need about 1800 calories each day.
Sedentary males' daily recommended caloric intake peaks at 2600 calories around age 19-20 years old.
Adolescence is the last opportunity for parents to influence the development of healthy eating habits that will benefit their children for the rest of their lives.
Teens often eat most of their food outside of their home, whether it is lunch in the school cafeteria, snacks at friends' houses, or pizza after the school basketball game.
Nonetheless, parents are still able to positively influence their teens' food choices and foster healthy eating habits.
At age 12, active boys need about 2400 calories a day to stay healthy.
That need increases by 200 calories each year the youth ages, and the daily calorie requirement peaks at 3200 calories between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.