Children have greater energy requirements than adults in relation to their body size, since children need energy for growth. Infants, who usually triple their weight during the first year of life, need the most energy in relation to their weight. The need for energy per kilogram of body weight then gradually decreases so that around the age of 18, it is in line with the adult’s energy needs.
If you want to use Mealsizer® for your child, we recommend you to have simultaneous contact with a dietician or other health care at the same time, so you can get advice on what is best for your child. For children, either Mealsizer® Small (1500 kcal/day) or Mealsizer® Medium (2100 kcal/day) is recommended, depending on your child’s age and gender.
In the table below (retrieved from the Swedish National Food Agency) you can see reference values for energy intake, based on the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. Note that the values are only approximate. Just as for adults, children’s energy needs are individual and depend on several different factors, including how active the child is, growth, weight and basic energy needs. There is no formula that can calculate a child’s exact energy needs.