North Americans are the highest consumers of calories – especially in the last decade.

The slide below shows how Americans have taken the lead in eating well over 3000 calories per day (dark red is >3000 calories)! This has increased dramatically over the last 30 years.

The average  normal caloric content should be between 1500- 2100 calories.

Food is addictive. People eat to satisfy food cravings, not hunger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How long does it take to eat 3000 calories? See the chart below – if you are eating compulsively, not long at all. Some people can eat over 6000 calories a day, due to the strong compulsion to eat.

Calories in Fast Food & Junk Foods

Know the fats, cholesterol, calories and salt present in fast food and junk food items in the following table. The values in the table have been compiled from manufacturers brochures and Agricultural Handbook 8-21. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Information Service.- Composition of Foods: Fast Foods – Raw, Processed

Item Choles-
terol

(mg)
Fat
(g)
Calories Sodium
(mg)
Meat Pie 106 25
Tossed salad, no dressing (1.5 cup) 0 0.2 32 53
Pizza supreme (1/3 regular) 16 14
English muffin w/ butter 13 5.8 189 386
Burrito w/ beans cheese 13.5 5.8 188 584
Grilled chicken breast sandwich, plain 60 7.0 288 758
Scrambled egg 200 7.6 100 105
Hamburger,
lower fat, plain
60 10.0 320 670
Hamburger, plain 44 17 275 387
French fries, regular 0 12.0 235 124
Taco salad (1.5 cup) 4 13.1 288 886
Roasted beef sandwich, plain 52 13.8 346 792
Pancakes w/ butter & syrup (3 cakes) 57 14.0 519 1103
Hot dog 44 14.5 242 671
Cheeseburger, single patty, plain 50 15.2 320 500
Chicken, boneless pieces, breaded fried (6 pieces) 62 17.7 290 542
Sub sandwich w/ cold cuts 35 18.6 456 1650
Baked potato w/ cheese sauce 31 21.9 481 701
Fish sandwich w/ tartar sauce 55 22.8 431 615
Chicken fillet sandwich, plain 60 29.5 515 957
Cheeseburger,large double patty 141 44 706 1159
Egg & bacon biscuit
(1 biscuit)
353 31.1 457 999
Egg, bacon,
& cheese biscuit
(1 biscuit)
261 31.4 477 1261
Low calorie cola
(12 oz.)
0 0.0 2 21
Coco Cola Large 0 0.0 205
Diet Coke Large 0 0.0 2
Fanta Large 0 4.5 260
Milk, 2% (1 cup) 18 4.7 121 122
Vanila shake (10 oz.) 12.5 474
Chocolate shake
(10 oz.)
37 13.1 494

 

What is a normal caloric content? Depending on the gender and weight of the person, an averaging out of the normal caloric content should be as follows, according to the World Health Organization: Note,  this information was found from Leslie Sue Lieberman’s post on Caloric Content.

RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCE FOR ENERGY (WHO)

Recommended dietary allowances for energy
Age (year) Energy (kcal)
Infants
0.0–0.5 650
0.5–1.6 850
Children
1–3 1,300
4–6 1,800
7–10 2,000
Males
11–14 2,500
15–18 3,000
19–24 2,900
25–50 2,900
51+ 2,300
Females
11–14 2,200
15–18 2,200
19–24 2,200
25–50 2,200
51+ 1,900
Pregnant +300
Lactating
1st 6 mo. +500
2nd 6 mo. +500

BMR = 14.7(54.4) + 496 = 1,296 kcal
TDEE = PAL × BMR = 1.56 × 1,296 = 2,022 kcal.

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/caloric-intake#ixzz1HjsrrIne