Available calories per day increased 25% globally since 1961

Available calories per day increased 25% globally since 1961


What’s encouraging about this chart is the fact that even the poorest regions of the world managed to significantly increase their daily food supply. Actually, you can see that the lines for Asia, Africa, South America and the world as a whole have the same incline and are “just” about 400 kcal apart from each other with Africa being the lowest at about 2,600Kcal/day. As was to be expected, Europe and  North America are at the top, with the latter having experienced the largest upward trend in daily calorie intake.

This is of course (at least to a large extent) the reason for the increasing problem of overweight and obesity, because the vast majority of people in developed countries do not need more than 2,500 kcal/day (my educated guess as a former fitness/personal trainer). Although too much food creates a whole different set of problems, it is in my opinion, vastly better than famine, undernourishment and all the negative effects following from it!

For more details and charts on this topic please go to the source at OurworldInData.org. The chart is licensed under CC-BY-SA by the author Max Roser.

Featured image courtesy of stevepb via Pixabay.com

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