Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wellness Wednesday

Here's shocking statistic I ran across the other day.  According to the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, Americans have added 600 extra calories per day to their diets since 1970.  600 more calories!  That's at least an extra meal plus a snack.   Many of these calories are a result of all the extra snacking we tend to do as most of the calories come from grain-based desserts such as cookies and cakes.  Think about the weight that could be lost if we lost those extra 600 calories.


Adrienne said...

Wow! Six hundred is a lot of calories! And since 3500 calories equals a pound, that's more than a pound a week gained.

Cherie said...

Adrienne, scary isn't it? This trend is evident in the southern U.S. where overweight and obesity rates are skyrocketing. It really bothers me to see so many people literally killing themselves with food.