News you can use | Teen boys grow truly huge appetites

News you can use | Teen boys grow truly huge appetites

Parents of teenage boys now have evidence to back up the claim that they could be eaten out of house and home, from a US study (published in the July edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) that says 14- to 17- year-old boys will eat a lunch of 2,000 calories given the chance.

Even for active children, those 2,000 calories would be most of their daily energy needs. But Dr Yanovski adds that as long as teens are healthy and normal weight, a sudden surge in eating should not be alarming. However, calories should be controlled for overweight teens as it can lead to adult obesity.

Reuters

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