New research verifies that teen males really can pack it away.
In a lunch buffet experiment, researchers found that boys routinely ate more than girls.
Young males in their mid-teens were the most ravenous of all, downing an average of 2,000 lunchtime calories.
Researchers say that makes sense given that boys usually hit their growth spurt, putting on height, weight and muscle mass, in late puberty.
The report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition assures parents that as long as their teen sons are a healthy and normal weight, a sudden surge in eating should not be alarming.