One third of UK adults underestimate calorie intake

Research suggests that UK adults eat more calories than they realise. It suggests that men on average eat 3,119 calories, while reporting to eat 2,065 calories and women on average consume 2,393 calories but report eating 1,570 calories. On average adults surveyed under-reported their calorie intake by 32%.

The study included data from over 4,000 people. Calorie intake data was accessed from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. This was compared with calorie intake data determined from doubly labelled water (DLW). DLW is a method of estimating calorie intake which is considered the "gold standard" in nutrition.

The recommended average daily calorie needs for active adults is 2,500kcal for males and 2,000kcal for females. For more information on maintaining a healthy diet take a look at the Eatwell Guide and the Food Pyramid.

Posted: 21/02/2018 15:29:37 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Calories, Diet


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