Pediatric Weight Management

PWM: Balanced Macronutrient: Children Ages 6-12 (2006)

American Dietetic Association Pediatric Weight Management Evidence Analysis Project

Balanced Macronutrient: Children Ages 6-12

A prescribed diet was considered to be macronutrient "balanced" if the macronutrient composition fell within DRI ranges:

“Adults should get 45 percent to 65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 20 percent to 35 percent from fat, and 10 to 35 percent from protein. Acceptable ranges for children are similar to those for adults, except that infants and younger children need a slightly higher proportion of fat (25 %-40%).”*

*Institute of Medicine, Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (available at