While the U.S. is well-known as a country with an obesity epidemic, you might not know that many European countries are also increasingly struggling with the problem of obesity. The World Health Organization reports that, in many European countries, obesity rates have tripled since the 1980s.
A new interactive infographic, created by Column Five Media for Confused.com, compares the average caloric intake per person per day for 27 countries throughout Europe.
Surprisingly, the infographic shows Austria as the country with the highest calorie consumption, with the average citizen consuming 3,800 calories per day (149% over the daily recommendation). Austria is closely followed by Greece, with an average of 3,710 calories per day, and Belgium, with 3,690 calories per day. (For contrast, U.S. citizens consume an average of 2,700 calories per day, according to the USDA.)
At the other end of the spectrum, the country with the lowest daily consumption is Bulgaria, with an average of 2,760 calories per day—although that’s still 110% of the daily calorie recommendation.
If you’d like to explore further, check out the interactive infographic below:Courtesy of Confused.com