Calculate and view a client's EER


A client's Estimated Energy Requirement (EER) is calculated using their Profile details entered on the General tab.

If required, you can override this calculation by providing a custom energy requirement (CER).

EER is calculated using the Schofield equation for adults and the IOM:FNB calculation for paediatric patients under the age of 3 years. It takes into account the client's Profile variables, including their age, gender, height, weight, activity level and relevant lactation or pregnancy information.

CER is a value that you provide.

To calculate your client's EER

  1. Open the client or create a new client. 
  2. On the General tab, enter their Profile details. 

Changes are saved automatically. The client's EER is automatically calculated and displayed on the General tab. 

To update your client's EER

  1. Open the client.
  2. On the General tab, update their Profile details.
    Note: To update the client's height and weight data, enter a new height or weight on the Tracking tab, and for each change, click Submit Entry

The client's EER is automatically re-calculated and updated on the General tab.

Changes are saved automatically.

To enter a custom energy requirement for your client 

At times, instead of using the standard EER for a client, you might need to provide a custom energy requirement (CER).

  1. Open the client. 
  2. On the General tab, in the Energy Requirements section, select calculated using CER.
  3. In the Custom Energy Requirement field, enter the custom value. 

Changes are saved automatically. 


  • EER is the average dietary energy intake that is predicted to maintain energy balance in a healthy adult of defined age, gender, weight, height and level of physical activity, consistent with good health.
  • In children and pregnant and lactating women, the EER is taken to include the needs associated with the deposition of tissues or the secretion of milk at rates consistent with good health. 
  • For more information about EER and other NRVs available in Foodworks, see Nutrient Reference Values explained.
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