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View in Spanish: Equilibrio de energía

Energy balance (EH-nur-jee BA-lunts)
In biology, the state at which the number of calories eaten equals the number of calories used. Energy balance is affected by physical activity, body size, amount of body fat and muscle, and genetics.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.