It might be wise not to count your calories too closely on Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. The average American consumes approximately three times the recommended daily dose of calories on the nation's favorite turkey-stuffed holidays.
Here's a look at our "massive" holiday eating, by the numbers:
1,500 The amount of calories an average woman needs each day
2,000 The amount of calories an average man needs each day
3,000 The estimated amount of calories in a typical Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, side dishes, and dessert
5,000 to 6,000 is the estimated amount of calories people consume throughout Thanksgiving Day — roughly triple the recommended daily intake