15:41 Thursday 19 December 2013

Shock figures show true impact of Xmas dinner

Written byROB SMYTH

AS we prepare our waistlines for the Christmas period, health bosses are urging people to watch what they eat as estimates show that as many as 3,000 calories can be consumed in just one day.

The British Heart Foundation survey showed that people in the area consumes a massive 3,381 calories on Christmas Day by tucking into a big breakfast, traditional dinner, snacks, mince pies and chocolate.

Almost half of those surveyed will exceed the recommended daily consumption of alcohol, with seven per cent drinking 13 or more units.

It was also revealed that almost a quarter of people do not exercise over the festive period.

Health chiefs are now urging people in Burton, which was bestowed the accolade of becoming a ‘Heart Town’ last year in a bid to help beat heart disease, to make sure that they ‘enjoy Christmas but also watch what they eat and do a little exercise’.

A British Heart Foundation spokesman said: “It can be difficult to avoid high-fat food choices at this time of year, but there are some healthier options you can include on the buffet table if you’re entertaining.

“Keep active during the festive season and help work off the extra calories.

“Keep within sensible alcohol limits, which is no more than three to four units a day for men and two to three units a day for women.”

The recommended daily intake of calories for men is 2,500, and for women 2,000.

One can of lager contains around 180 calories, a can of cider 200 and a glass of dry white wine 175.

Most people will consume around five drinks on Christmas Day, which totals around 850 calories on average.

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