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Daily calorie consumption comes under review

Published on 17/11/2009
The estimated average requirement (EAR) values for energy consumption in adults could be increased by up to 16 per cent, according to a new review.

A draft report published by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) this month suggests that calorie intake for adults in the UK can be raised as a result of improved understanding of physical activity levels.

Daily calorie counts have been used as the foundation for diet and healthy-eating plans for the past 18 years and currently recommend 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men.

In response to the SACN proposals, Dr David Ashton, medical director at Healthier Weight and a UK obesity expert, said: "Given that 60 per cent of the UK population is already overweight or obese, the recommendation that some adults may be able to eat an additional 400 kcal [per] day is both misleading and irresponsible.

"This recommendation sends a mixed message as it doesn't clearly state that the daily energy requirement is a function of body weight."

The most recent NHS statistics show that 37 per cent of adults in the UK had a higher waist circumference in 2007 compared to 23 per cent in 1993.
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