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How many calories does the average college student expend in a day?

A calculated guess at how many calories the average college student expends in a day.

Just walking to class can account towards calories burned. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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Just walking to class can account towards calories burned.

A college student weighing 115 pounds (52 kilograms) expends 2,093 calories a day. The total is derived from the total number of calories used per pound (listed below) multiplied by the weight of the student.


Activity Hours Spent in Activity Calories Per Pound Per Hour Total Calories Used Per Pound

Lying still, awake

1 .5 .5
Dressing and undressing 1 .9 .9
Studying in class, eating, studying, talking 8 .7 5.6
Walking 1 1.5 1.5
Standing 1 .8 .8
Driving a car 1 1 1
Running .5 4 2
Playing video games .05 2.7 1.3
Writing 2 .7 1.4
TOTAL 24   18.2


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