Adult male equivalent

The energy intake of each family member in proportion to the energy intake of an adult male. The AME of an adult male is always assumed to be 1; while AME for a child aged 2-3 years is about 0.37 AME; for an adult woman (18-29 years), neither pregnant nor lactating, is about 0.74 AME; for pregnant and lactating women is around 1 AME. The AME approach is often used to provide information on consumption when apparent intake is calculated through indirect means such as national balance sheets, household economic surveys, and similar methods that do not collect food intake information directly from individuals but through secondary analysis of reports of food availability, access, and acquisition.

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