According to recent studies, research has concluded that Americans eat on average 3,654 calories a day with no clear food group preference. Meanwhile, in the developing nations of Africa and South-east Asia, people only consume an average of 2300 calories a day. While this may sound like a lot, its 1300 less calories a day then you and me and 474,500 less per year. Not surprisingly, more than half of their diets were made up of simple cereal grains like rice and wheat. Don’t forget that these are average calories per person and does not take into account the terrible social separations in these countries. Many people get very little food while a privileged few get much more than their share, skewing the numbers.
Believe it or not, the obesity rate in America is due much more to the kinds of foods we eat rather than the quantity. Although Americans eat a lot more than people in very poor nations, they don’t necessarily eat more than people in other developed nations. The fact that Americans eat an enormous amount of meat, especially red meat, and dairy certainly contributes to our increased rate of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses, or at least according to the book The China Study. In that body of research, it was found that, while members of certain nations (like parts of China, for example) might eat as many as 3000 calories per day, they eat a diet high in fruits, veggies, and sea food, and low in red meat, dairy, and processed food. So think twice about these latter foods, and you’ll find yourself naturally eating fewer calories.
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