How Much Fat Should Kids Get?
Although some people may think it’s wise to try to cut fat altogether or excessively limit it, it’s crucial for fat to stay a part of a child’s diet. For young kids, especially, fat and cholesterol play important roles in brain development. And for those under 2 years old, fat should not be restricted. Starting at 2 years old, kids should eat a varied diet with about 30% to 35% of calories coming from fat. For ages 4 to 18 years, the recommendations are about 25% to 35% of calories.