Next time you kick back from the dinner table, pat your stomach and say, “I feel like I ate a ton,” you might be right! That’s because the average American consumes nearly a ton of food each year (1996.3 lbs to be exact, according to some sources).
“The average American is 36.6 years old and eats 1,996.3 lbs. of food per year. The average man is 5’9” and weighs 190 lbs. The average woman is 5’4” and weighs 164 lbs.
“Each year, Americans eat 85.5 lbs. of fats and oils. They eat 110 lbs. of red meat, including 62.4 lbs. of beef and 46.5 lbs. of pork. Americans eat 73.6 lbs. of poultry, including 60.4 lbs. of chicken. They eat 16.1 lbs. of fish and shellfish and 32.7 lbs. of eggs.
“Americans eat 31.4 lbs. of cheese each year and 600.5 lbs. of non-cheese dairy products . . . 181 lbs. of beverage milks . . . 192.3 lbs. of flour and cereal products, including 134.1 lbs. of wheat flour . . . 141.6 lbs. of caloric sweeteners, including 42 lbs. of corn syrup . . . 56 lbs. of corn each year . . . 415.4 lbs. of vegetables . . . 24 lbs. of coffee, cocoa and nuts . . . and 273.2 lbs. of fruit.
"These foods include 29 lbs. of French fries, 23 lbs. of pizza . . . 24 lbs. of ice cream . . . 53 gallons of soda each year, averaging about one gallon each week . . . 24 lbs. of artificial sweeteners . . . 2.736 lbs. of sodium, which is 47 percent more than recommended . . . 0.2 lbs. of caffeine each year, about 90,700 mg. In total, and an average of 2,700 calories each day.”
We consume a lot of food—much it of junk—in the course of a year, which really adds up during the course of a lifetime. As Americans, we have a veracious appetite for feeding the physical body. What would happen if we had an equal appetite for feeding our spirits? The answer is we'd be just like Jesus, who said, "My food, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34). Wouldn't it feel great to kick back from that table and say, I feel like I ate a ton! ?