Here's how the American diet has changed in the last 52 years

The average American consumes more than 3,600 calories daily — a 24% increase from 1961, when the average was just 2,880 calories.

Americans haven’t increased their consumption of all food and drink evenly, however — our alcohol intake peaked in the 1980s, but our growing consumption of vegetable oils alone accounts for more than half of the calorie spike.

Using data from The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAOSTAT) — which tracks caloric intake through 2013 — we’ve analysed the diet changes that might be contributing to the obesity problem in the United States.

Check out the estimated calorie needs broken down by age, gender, and activity level.

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