ou may feel like you've eaten a ton of food this holiday season. Well, over the entire course of 2011, you probably did. According to government data, the average American eats a literal ton of food each year, or about 2,700 calories each day — and an alarming proportion of that is sugar and other sweeteners. Here, a numerical look at the overindulgence:
Pounds of food the average American eats each year
Pounds in a U.S. ton
Weight, in pounds, of the average American male
Weight, in pounds, of the average American female
Pounds of dairy products that a typical American eats each year
Pounds of those dairy products that are cheese
Pounds of vegetables that a typical American eats each year
Percentage of those vegetables that are tomatoes
Percentage of those vegetables that are potatoes
Pounds of those vegetables that are french fries
Pounds of fruit that a typical American eats each year, mostly oranges and apples
Pounds of meat and poultry that a typical American eats each year
Pounds of that meat and poultry that are chicken
Pounds of that meat and poultry that are beef
Pounds of fish and shellfish that a typical American eats each year
Pounds of fat and oil that a typical American consumes each year
Pounds of wheat flour that a typical American eats each year
Pounds of sweeteners that a typical American consumes each year
Gallons of soda that a typical American drinks each year
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