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Figure 2. Food Sources & Mean Intake of Empty Calories for Male & Female Children & Adolescents in the United States, Relative to Discretionary Calorie Allowance

Bar graph with eight bars, one for each gender and age group combination, sectioned by type of food. [D]

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 milk.
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.

1: Includes cakes, cookies, donuts, pies, crisps, cobblers, granola bars.
2: Includes sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened bottled water including vitamin water.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013