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Calorie Consumption of European Countries (Infographic)

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, 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



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2:18AM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

Thank you!

9:49AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

this article is incorrect this not the amount of calories that these countries consume it the amount of calories they produce.

large amounts are lost in waste during the process of harvesting, distribution and home waste which usually come to about 40 to 50% of what a country consumes in wealthy countries.

all the calorie intakes match up perfectly with this chart informing how much countries produce, not how much consumed

on the other hand the US does consume 2700cal a day per person

7:15AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thank you.

7:27PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Ey folks move! Feet are for walking not only to kick the fuel pedal.

6:15PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Austria is famous for its puddings. But you won´f find more overweight people than in Germany. Rather less.

2:59AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

thanks for sharing

7:53AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013


5:00PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

4:59PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

9:20AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Thanks. Very interesting

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