to think a standard woman does not need 2000 calories a day?

(183 Posts)
CardinalRichelieu Tue 26-Feb-13 14:56:14

I know it says on packaging etc that 2000 is the standard intake for a woman but it sounds like kind of a lot. I reckon I eat maybe 1600-1700 per day? I am quite small (5 ft 3) and don't do much exercise except walking around and a bit of pilates. I work partly from home and partly out of the home and don't really burn that much off in daily activity. I am in the healthy BMI range (19).

I don't think someone like me needs 2000 calories a day - am I right?

Chandon Tue 26-Feb-13 15:11:30

grin too late, this thread will kick off!

No, just kidding, it wont, I am sure.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 26-Feb-13 15:11:31

YANBU.
These numbers were calculated back when people tended to have a more active lifestyle. If you are not sporty, and if you don't have a manual job, then it is likely that 2000 calories would be too much.

chandon of course they would! Many many people have lost the ability to establish to their appetite, or the shit they estate messes this up. If someone is making an attempt to eat healthily they might well start off by eating to the guidelines on the box.

CardinalRichelieu Tue 26-Feb-13 15:14:45

Oh no wait, I've thought of something else.

My doctor once told me 5 ft 3 was average height for a woman. I think he might have been wrong though. I guess it might be once you take into account 90 year old little old ladies but thinking about it I reckon I am probably shorter than most women my generation.

NinaHeart Tue 26-Feb-13 15:17:32

5'3" average? Good lord, I must be a man.

NinaHeart Tue 26-Feb-13 15:18:02

PS my 90 year old mother is 5'6"

Chandon Tue 26-Feb-13 15:20:31

My 75 year old mum is 6 ft!

( top trumps, next round: dads' weights, mine weighs 160 pounds)

CardinalRichelieu Tue 26-Feb-13 15:20:49

Oh no wait, I've thought of something else.

My doctor once told me 5 ft 3 was average height for a woman. I think he might have been wrong though. I guess it might be once you take into account 90 year old little old ladies but thinking about it I reckon I am probably shorter than most women my generation.

InVeryveryBadTaste Tue 26-Feb-13 15:21:01

Ah fuck off grin

Mitchy1nge Tue 26-Feb-13 15:21:35

No, I think 5'3 IS average, I'm 1.62m which is more like 5'4 and that is definitely taller than average.

I supspect I eat a lot more than 2000 cals a day and manage to only be overweight in my mind, not in real life, although my imagination is part of real life. Maybe it depends what sort of calories?

IslaValargeone Tue 26-Feb-13 15:21:35

grin

CardinalRichelieu Tue 26-Feb-13 15:21:42

I come from a family of shorties, it is true.

Dahlen Tue 26-Feb-13 15:22:42

I think OP has a point. Given that we're having a bit of a obesity epidemic in the UK and that the guidance calories far exceed the amount that would have been eaten at any point in the past, it would indeed seem that 2000 is too high, just as 2500 is for men.

However, it's up to every individual to work out the necessary intake for themselves, even assuming that they believe calorie counting is the best way to manage weight.

FWIW, I am your height and if I wanted to lose weight I'd have to drop to about 1300. Fortunately, I don't want to lose weight.

akaemmafrost Tue 26-Feb-13 15:22:59

If I ate 2000 cals a day I would be huge.

I maintain on around 1400. It's a pain and I can't eat much but i am used to it now.

NinaHeart Tue 26-Feb-13 15:23:00

Ah but Chandon, your mum has another 15 years of shrinkage to go yet.

Sorry unable to join in with Round 2.

NinaHeart Tue 26-Feb-13 15:24:07

If 5'3" is indeed average this would explain why I cannot get trousers to fit.

MajaBiene Tue 26-Feb-13 15:24:32

I'm 5'2", have a BMI at the top end of healthy (24 I think?) and gain weight if I eat more than about 1500 a day.

Mitchy1nge Tue 26-Feb-13 15:26:20

actually am 1.6m but if I stand more deliberately erect I can make the height and weight machine think I'm 1.62

feel like I need some new hobbies though

CardinalRichelieu Tue 26-Feb-13 15:26:25

The reason I asked is that today I was in the supermarket buying my food for the day and I picked up everything I wanted for the day and then was standing bored in the checkout queue so I looked at what was in everything and it didn't come to 2000. Then it struck me that 2000 would be a lot for me.

Don't judge me for reading the backs of things. I know it's not of vital importance. I am the sort of person who reads the terms of conditions for train tickets as well.

I thought I was a standard woman but it could well be that I'm a FREAK.

CardinalRichelieu Tue 26-Feb-13 15:27:23

I don't do grammar, you may have noticed.

BumBiscuits Tue 26-Feb-13 15:28:09

I am 5'3" and if I ate 2000 calories a day I would definitely gain weight.

My TDEE is 1860 according to MFP.

StephaniePowers Tue 26-Feb-13 15:28:32

I wonder how many extra calories one needs, per inch of height above the average?

I'm 5'4" and I would gain weight if I ate 2000 calories a day. I also have PCOS so I have to manage my weight carefully. I try and keep below 1500 calories most days, though don't worry too much if I go out for a meal and go over.

I'm not sure that the 2000 guideline is helpful anyway - what is an "average" woman. In my experience it would be someone who is 5'5" and does a sedentary job, yet other women may think that 5'6" and active is "average". We are going to judge "average" from our own viewpoint.

Mitchy1nge Tue 26-Feb-13 15:29:35

not the sort of hobby that involves reading the ts and cs of travel tickets though

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 26-Feb-13 15:33:42

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11534042

Average woman 5'3" and 11 stone

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 26-Feb-13 15:33:52

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