Figure 2. Food Sources & Mean Intake of Empty Calories for Male & Female Children & Adolescents in the United States, Relative to Discretionary Calorie Allowance
Among 2-18 year olds, about half of empty calories came from six specific
foods: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole
The discretionary calorie allowance for each sex/age group is based on low activity levels, because most children and adolescents do not achieve the 60 minutes per day of cardio-respiratory activity recommended in national physical activity guidelines (21).
Data Source: NHANES 2003–04.
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013