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'X-treme eating' craze in the USA

27th February 2007

Health experts have hit out at US restaurant chains who promote 'X-treme eating', offering meals which far exceed the daily recommended calorie intake for one day, or in some cases, several days.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest said some individual dishes can exceed 2,000 calories, more than the recommended daily intake for women.

Meanwhile, the American Obesity Association, which says that obesity is not a simple matter of overeating, estimates that some 60 million Americans are obese.

But the CSPI said many restaurants seemed to be competing with each other to make their appetisers, main courses, and desserts 'bigger, badder, and cheesier' than ever before.

Some American restaurant chains have menus that contain 2,000 calorie appetisers, 2,000 calorie main courses and 1,700 calorie desserts.

 

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