Myth #2: The chosen energy value of 8700 kJ (8.7 Mj) used in DIG is too much for children and adolescents.

Reality Check:  It is too high for most children under 11 but less than the value required for most adolescents who are active enough to play or move around.

See table below on Estimated Energy Requirements for Children and Adolescents (Mj / Day) from the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, Department of Health and Ageing 2006.