By the numbers

Americans' ton-a-year eating habit: By the numbers

Vowing to eat less and exercise more in 2012? Try chewing on the details of the nearly 2,000 pounds of food each of us consumed last year

You 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:

1,996.3Pounds of food the average American eats each year

2,000Pounds in a U.S. ton

190Weight, in pounds, of the average American male

164Weight, in pounds, of the average American female

632Pounds of dairy products that a typical American eats each year

31.4Pounds of those dairy products that are cheese

415.4Pounds of vegetables that a typical American eats each year

22Percentage of those vegetables that are tomatoes

30.6Percentage of those vegetables that are potatoes

29Pounds of those vegetables that are french fries

237.2Pounds of fruit that a typical American eats each year, mostly oranges and apples

183.6Pounds of meat and poultry that a typical American eats each year

60.4Pounds of that meat and poultry that are chicken

62.4Pounds of that meat and poultry that are beef

16.1Pounds of fish and shellfish that a typical American eats each year

85Pounds of fat and oil that a typical American consumes each year

134.1Pounds of wheat flour that a typical American eats each year

141.6Pounds of sweeteners that a typical American consumes each year

53Gallons of soda that a typical American drinks each year

Sources: Daily Mail, NPR, USDA, Visual Economics

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