Americans are eating more, study confirms

June 29, 2011

A new study out of North Carolina finds we are eating 570 more calories every day than we did back in 1977.

Five-hundred-seventy calories is the equivalent of a quarter pounder with cheese, a bag of chips, or a couple bottles of soda.

That adds up to nearly 4000 calories a week and an extra pound a week when you step onto the scale.

Researchers say there are more places to eat these days than 30 years ago and portions are now larger. That could explain why the rate of obesity in the U.S. has doubled since the 1970s.

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