A third of UK adults 'underestimate calorie intake '

From BBC - February 19, 2018

A third of people in the UK underestimate how many calories they are eating, according to an analysis of Office of National Statistics data.

It suggests British men eat more than 3,000 a day while claiming to eat 2,000. And women say they eat about 1,500 while consuming nearly 2,500.

The recommended daily calorie allowance is 2,500 for men and 2,000 for women.

The study of more than 4,000 people looked at energy expenditure and self-reporting information on food eaten.

Why the discrepancy?

Public Health England chief nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone said under-reporting of calorie intakes "has always been a feature of all diet surveys".

"Some people forget what they have consumed and some change what they record knowing they are part of a survey.

"There's no way to get rid of under-reporting, but the steps we take to minimise it makes the National Diet and Nutrition Survey the most robust data on the population's diet."

Eating habits

As a rule of thumb, Public Health England recommends consuming about 400 calories for breakfast and 600 calories each for lunch and dinner to allow for extra drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Restaurant eating

But many cafes and restaurant do not have calorie information readily available and often include extra ingredients that add flavour but also calories.

Portion sizes vary

Snacks on the go



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