26/08/2014 09:37 BST | Updated 26/08/2014 09:59 BST

America Is The Country That Consumes The Most Calories, But Where Does Everyone Else Rank?

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) released a list of the daily calorie intake of countries around the world, and the difference between our diets is pretty shocking.

The US took to top spot consuming on average 3,770 calories per person per day - more than double the 1,800 the FAO state is the minimum energy requirement.

The UK managed to avoid the top three, with Austria and Italy taking the next two spots.

It is generally recommend that men consume no more than 2,400 calories per day and women consume no more than 2,000 calories per day, which may go some way to explain why countries such as America are experiencing an obesity crisis.

Interestingly, research by the FAO has shown the highest consuming countries also spend the smallest percentage of their income on food.

The Democratic Republic of Congo came at the bottom of the list, consuming just 1,590 calories pre person per day on average.


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