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close this bookEnergy and Protein requirements, Proceedings of an IDECG workshop, November 1994, London, UK, Supplement of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (International Dietary Energy Consultative Group - IDECG, 1994, 198 pages)
close this folderReport of the working group on energy requirements of older individuals
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General statement

Typically, the energy requirements of an individual can be expected to decrease with age, due to decreases in both basal metabolism and physical activity (thus giving a decrease in PAL). It is recognized, however, that the older population is an extremely heterogeneous group and that individuals may differ widely from the expected norm in their changes in energy requirements with advancing years.