Contribution of Fats in total Dietary consumption. In general, adults should obtain at least 15% of their energy intake from dietary fats and oils. Women of childbearing age should obtain at least 20% to better ensure an adequate intake of essential fatty acids, needed for foetal and infant brain development. Active individuals who are not obese may consume up to 35% fat energy, as long as saturated fatty acids do not exceed 10% of energy intake. Sedentary individuals should limit fat to not more than 30% of energy intake Saturated fatty acids should be limited to less than 10% of intake.