The Australian dietary guidelines will help people of all ages make the best food and drink choices for good health and avoid health problems. However, there are also some special messages for people at different stages of life because their bodies are changing.

Healthy eating for infants, children and teenagers

Infants, children and teenagers have special food needs because they are growing and developing. They also need extra energy for playing and being more active.

Healthy eating when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding

When you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you and your baby need extra nutrients, but not a lot of extra kilojoules. This means it’s very important to choose foods that are nutrient dense but not energy dense.

Healthy eating when you’re older

As we get older we often need fewer kilojoules because we are less active than when we were younger. However, we still need a similar amount of nutrients, sometimes more.

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