How old is your appetite?

Yes, you read the title right. Your appetite, just like yourself, has different ages! But, unlike you, the appetite “grows older” longer.

Appetite is our temper towards food. It’s the bases of the human-food relationship. And just as any other relationship, the tempo varies from day to day. You don’t want to hug your partner every night right? Some nights you want to sleep alone…. And there are days where you could barely eat 2 meals, while there are days where 5 meals aren’t enough and you seem to crave for sweets ore sandwiches or other particular types of food.

Appetite evolves as we as humans and our gut microflora matures. That seems to change over a decade, more or less, to be roughly expressed.

Age 1 – from birth to 10 years 

The bases of eating food other than breast milk are extremely important and have effect to the further development of the appetite. Strict meal times and a variety of vegetable, meet and fruit based food is most important. Also, because the kids are absolutely “sponges” and they repeat what their environment does, it is pretty much important for the parents to have an eating routine and eat healthy at least in the first 6 years of their child.

Age 2 – from 10 to 20 years 

The period of puberty is followed by increased appetite due to the work of hormones. Also, young women tend to gain weight due to the progesteron hormone which develops their reproductive system. You can also call this period “the junk food era” – since teenagers don’t understand where all the junk and trans fat goes.

Age 3 – from 20 to 30 years

At this age, unfortunately, the human metabolism slows down, hence to the stopping of growth of the body and bones. So, this is also a period where all of the population gains weight, since the appetite isn’t changing, and on the other hand, the body’s needs of food and calories have changed.

Age 4 – 30 to 40 years

These years, the financial status and supporting the family is what most of human beings have in mind. That can be really stressful, which also manifests on the appetite – anxiety, stress and working long hours can cause deficiency or loss of appetite. The worse thing than this is not having time to eat more small meals, but rather eating one or two big ones – this is overburdening of the gut, which can cause serious health issues.

Age 5 – 40 to 50 years

At this period, your mind understand exactly how much needs and exactly what it need to eat, however, appetite is firmly developed. Night snack, or skipping breakfast will continue if you have done that until now. It is so hard, close to impossible to change your eating habits by this period, but your appetite will be lower, that’s for sure.

Age 6 – 50 to 60 years

In this age, humans usually retire, go back to taking naps and tend to have a much more balanced meals as well as balanced lifestyle. Most people in this age eat really healthy, vegetable based diets. Very important for this age of appetite is that you don’t want to eat in the evening or late at night.


Age 7 – 60 years till death

The pension days. Usually, humans have a hobby, or those who have their own business, still manage to work, but not as much as they used to. Very characteristic for this last age of appetite is one trait with the age 1 of appetite  – the craving for certain food. Though the human body doesn’t need as much food and meals now, it certainly is mature enough and has the time to figure out exactly what it needs, and to “translate” it into a certain taste.





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