Turkey surpasses average daily calorie intake, study says

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 12.11.2015 23:40
Updated 12.11.2015 23:41

Recovery Brands, an addiction treatment provider, has released the trends in consumption from 2004 to 2013 using data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showing that Austrian citizens consume the highest amount of calories per day. Austria topped the list with an average of 3,769 calories while U.S. citizens, where one-third of the country suffers from obesity, follows Austria with 3,639 calories per day. According to Recovery Brands, Belgium is also near the top, following the U.S., yet the country has a remarkably low 10 percent obesity rate.

Turkey is also above the average, surpassing 3,500 calories daily. The 2014 data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) demonstrated that the obesity rate in Turkey is around 30 percent. The report only analyzed OECD member countries; therefore some countries in Africa, Asia and South America have been excluded. India comes last in the list. The average man needs 2,500 calories each day, while women need 2,000 calories. Based on the World Health Organization's findings, there are 700 million obese people around the world and 2.3 billion people are overweight.

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