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Average adult energy needs

The Food Standards Code has set energy needs for the "average adult diet" at 8,700 kJ per day. This is a conservative estimate of energy needs. It was calculated by averaging the energy needs of a physically active man and woman of healthy weight, average height and average age of the Australian population.

However - an individual's intake will vary dependant on their energy needs and lifestyle. It may also vary from day to day. If you would like to know what the right energy intake is for you - use the Daily Intake Guide calculator.

It is a conservative estimate of energy needs.

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