The average American ate more than 6,000 calories on Super Bowl Sunday. To burn that many calories, a person would have to run a marathon, or 26.2 miles.
The Super Bowl kicked off at 5 p.m., along with the alcohol and never-ending binge on wings and tortilla chips. Not including the calories already eaten before 5 p.m., the munching hours did not end until the Patriots took the win.
The United States Department of Agriculture found that the average American consumes around 3,800 calories per day, while the USDA caloric recommendations focus on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Dietary models like MyPlate provide information about what to consume to achieve optimal balance of food groups and dietary health. However, what the initiative does not show is how to properly balance those required foods.
The disconnect lies between when food should be consumed and knowing how much food one's metabolism is able to process at one sitting.