Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

3. What are calories and how many should I consume each day?

Calories are a way to measure the energy you get from food. They give your body the fuel it needs throughout the day. The number of calories you need daily depends on how old you are, whether you're a man or woman, your height and weight, and how active you are.

Consuming the right number of calories for your physical activity level helps you control your weight. The more physically active you are, the more calories you might be able to eat without gaining weight. (For information about exercise and older adults, go to http://nihseniorhealth.gov/
exerciseforolderadults/toc.html
).

A woman over age 50 should consume about

A man over age 50 should consume about