The average American eats a massive amount of calories on Thanksgiving Day. Some research shows that trend continues for over a month, for an average of 619 extra calories a day from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. Some dietitians say it's because there's more food around to eat during the holidays and because people tend to be more stressed and may emotionally binge. One study found that during the six weeks between Turkey Day and New Year's, some people gained five pounds or more and didn't lose the weight in the weeks afterward.
Class discussion: Did you eat too much on Thanksgiving Day? If you did eat too much, why? What can you do to avoid eating too much and gaining weight? If someone gained five pounds every holiday season, how long would take for them to gain 100 pounds? About 40 percent of American adults are obese, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. Does our abundance of food simply make it very difficult to avoid overeating? Are our food choices part of the problem? Have changes in the way food is processed and marketed added to obesity in the United States?