Taylor Jones is a 15-year-old high school freshman. He considers himself a typical kid who hates school, earns mostly C’s and plays video games with his friends for 3 to 4 hours each day. Taylor’s least favorite class is PE. Physical activity is just too much for him and he is teased about his lack of sports ability. Last week the teacher had the class walk or run a mile and it took him over 20 minutes to complete. Finishing dead last, he was exhausted and humiliated.


Taylor relies on his mom to make food choices for him. His mom, Crystal, is constantly on the go caring for her family of six. Because of this, she doesn’t have time to research or prepare healthy food. Plus, feeding a family of six is expensive and fast food seems more cost and time effective.


Taylor is running late today. Stewart, Taylor’s dad, drives him to school and on the way they go through a fast-food drive-thru to grab a quick breakfast. Lunch in the cafeteria consists of fried food, followed by dessert. By 2:30 p.m., Taylor is unable to concentrate and feels tired because he is suffering from a sugar crash, so he stops by the vending machine. After school, while playing video games with his friends, he snacks on potato chips and more soda. His Mom comes home from work at 7:00 p.m. with dinner from a local, greasy burger joint. Before heading off to bed, Taylor makes himself an ice cream sundae for dessert.


  1. Internet Research: Based on his age, gender, height, weight and activity level, how many calories should Taylor consume per day? Use the Interactive Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for Healthcare Professionals calculator to determine your answer.

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  2. Internet Research: How much daily physical activity is recommended for an individual Taylor’s age?

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  3. Internet Research: Based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet, how much should Taylor consume of each of the following? Based on his diet, charted above, what is Taylor actually consuming in a day?


  4. Internet Research: What possible effects could his diet have on his health?

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