It has been a tough fight for the top spot, but at the end the U.S. pulled off a victory, just beating out Austria. The competition in question was to identify the country whose residents consumed the highest daily calorie average.
The research was done by health website Evoke.ie and the results were presented in the wonderful infographic, which you will see below. The U.S. daily nutritional intake was estimated at 3,770 calories, just ahead of Austria whose residents take in an average of 3,760 calories every day. Italy, Israel, Ireland and the U.K. round up the top six in a race which no one wanted to win.
The graph illustrates just how much the average American exceeds the suggested daily calorie intake, which, according to WebMD, is about 2,000 calories per day for women and no more than 2,400 for men. The infographic also tells us how much physical exercise it takes to burn 200 calories, which might surprising you.
For example, running up and down the stairs for just 2.5 minutes will do the job of burning 200 calories. On the other hand, it would take an hour of bowling to achieve that. If neither of these two activities works for you, you can burn 200 calories by playing a 40-minute game of badminton, or have a dance party for 37 minutes or do jumping jacks for 2.5 minutes.
The authors caution us against relying too much on the gym to slim down. For instance, the infographic tells us that, on average, exercise machines overestimate the amount of calories burned by 19 percent. A more reliable form of exercise, we learn, is toting a baby around — the graph shows that doing so burns 250 calories an hour. (Scroll down for the video and the full infographic.)
1. A new infographic shows how many calories residents of various countries eat per day, with the U.S. coming in first place at 3,770 calories, followed closely by Austria at 3,760.
2. Another fascinating section of the chart shows how much 200 calories is worth in healthy foods compared to unhealthier ones.
3. For instance, while it would take 570 grams of baby carrots to reach an intake of 200 calories, just 34 grams of fried bacon has the same calorific value.
4. The infographic also shows just how much physical activity it takes to burn 200 calories, with some surprising results.
5. Be wary of relying too heavily on machines at the gym; exercise machines reportedly overestimate calories burned by 19per cent on average.
And here is the video:
Here is the full graph:
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