AUSTRIANS EAT MORE THAN AMERICANS ... AND EVERYONE ELSE
Austria overtook the United States in food consumption and now has the highest kcal per capita in the world, according to Max Roser’s Our World in Data platform. On average, Austrians take in 3,768 kcal per day, compared with 3,682 kcal for Americans; that’s a big breakfast (700 kcal), soup and schnitzel with potatoes for lunch (1,400 kcal), a hearty Jause in the afternoon (1,000 kcal) and delicious, sugar frosted Kaiserschmarrn for dinner (668 kcal). Interestingly, however, only 14.7 percent of Austrians are obese, compared with 38.2 percent in the U.S. Within a healthy, balanced diet, a man needs around 2,500 kcal a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 2,000 kcal. Mahlzeit!
NEED TO KNOW
Austrians can seemingly eat and stay slim – so dig in! But don’t forget to go skiing or hiking once in a while.
WHAT OTHERS SAID
“Serve the Spritzwein!” – Michael Häupl, Vienna’s mayor and infamous gourmand, after coalition negotiations concluded for the city government in 2010.