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The U.S. Is the Worst Country on the Planet for This Bad Eating Habit, New Study Says

But surprisingly, America wasn't the worst overall for unhealthy eating. See which nation was.

The U.S. gets a bad rap for our eating habits—but it turns out, we may not be the absolute worst eaters on the planet, after all. A French company has just compiled data to reveal a list of the highest-calorie-consuming countries on the planet. Here's where America landed in comparison to other developed countries.

The French insurance company, Les Furets, recently performed an analysis of the world's healthiest and unhealthiest diets. See what they found—and, speaking of long-weekend guilty pleasures, don't miss our exclusive interview with Gordon Ramsay on four easy tips for a next-level breakfast.

Here's where the U.S. ranked on eating habits.

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The pre-COVID crowd at this Brooklyn restaurant might have been interested to learn that the U.S.A. ranked second on the list for the countries with the highest average daily calorie intake.

According to the data, U.S. residents consume 3,782 calories per day, on average.

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The country that eats the most calories:

According to the Les Furets data, it's Irish citizens who actually eat the most calories each day: An average of 3,885.

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What much of the developed world is eating…

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Behind Ireland and the United States, the countries that ate the highest number of calories each day include (in this order): Belgium, Turkey, Austria, Iceland, Romania, Canada, Germany, and Poland.

All of the countries in the top 10 ranking eat an average of more than 3,500 calories per day.

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The U.S. was worst for these factors:

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The data suggests the U.S.A. is the country with the highest intake of sugar and fat, with 36% of the American diet coming from high-fat and high-sugar foods.

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The healthiest country on the list…


Les Furets found that the country with the highest fresh produce intake is Colombia, with 15.6% of the average Colombian diet being made of fruit, vegetables, and starchy roots.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at <em>Eat This, Not That!</em>, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more