A recent graphic, provided by the banking site Visual Economics, shows the ‘astonishing’ numbers of the average American’s diet. You can notice, in the diagrams shared within this article, the actual weight of the foods consumed by the average American during a year. The graphics combine data from important sources as the FDA, USDA and CDC.
The average American is 36.6-years-old and eats each year around 600.5 lbs of dairy products (excluding cheese), 415.4 lbs of vegetables, 273.2 lbs of fruits, 110 lbs of red meat, 85.5 lbs of fats and oils, 73.6 lbs of poultry, 32.7 lbs of eggs, 31.4 lbs of cheese, 24 lbs of coffee, cocoa, nuts and 16.1 lbs of fish. The grand total hits 1996.3 lbs of food ingested in one year or 5.47 lbs a day which converts to an average of 2700 calories each day.
It seems that the average American male is 5’9″ tall and weights 190 lbs, while the female is 5’4″ tall, weighing 140 lbs. Simple maths tells us that the average American male has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 28.1, while the female stands much better with an average BMI of 24. Mind that a BMI between 18.5 – 24.9 is considered normal weight; 25 – 29.9 overweight and a BMI of 30 or greater signals obesity. This means that the average American male is overweight, close to obese, while the female has still a normal weight level.
As stated above Americans eat on average 2700 calories a day. This is quite high above the normal value, which ranges between 2000 and 2500 calories. Considering that 1 pound contains 3500 calories, it means that an American which is overeating himself with 100+ calories each day, will end up gaining a pound within 1 month. That’s a grand total of 12 pounds per year!
If we study the average American junk food consumption graph we notice that a large quote from the daily 2700 calorie cocktail is provided by french fries (29 lbs/year), pizza (23 lbs/year), ice cream (24 lbs/year), soda (53 gallons/year which is almost 1 gallon per week) and artificial sweeteners (2736 lbs/year). The ingested amount of artificial sweeteners is 47% higher than recommended. More, a single dose of soda contains 16 packs of sugar, as stated in a recent NYC health department, anti-soda commercials. Considering that french fries, pizza and ice cream are huge sources of unwanted calories, the above figures show where the average Joe needs to cut in order to improve his diet. Else America might soon transform herself into ‘Obesica’!