Two glasses of coke, 10 boiled sweets, 3 eggs or 2.5 heads of broccoli: What 200 calories REALLY looks like
63% of us have no idea how many calories we should eat in a day And many of us underestimate calorie counts, some of us by up to 40%Pictures below show just how much 200 calories go in different foodsFor less than half a doughnut you can eat three eggs or huge bowl of veg

Anna Hodgekiss


17:11 GMT, 18 February 2013



18:02 GMT, 18 February 2013

Every day, we make up to 200 decisions about what to eat, most without even thinking.

We're also constantly told that women should eat no more than 2,000 calories a day and men 2,500. But what does that actually look like

Studies suggest that most of us have little idea – and that we're guilty of massively underestimating how many calories are in the food we eat.

The foods below all contain 200 calories… while that's a lot of broccoli or sweetcorn, it's also 10 sweets, half a McDonald's chicken sandwich or two glasses of cola.




Werthers Original


Chicken Sandwich

Brian Wansink, author of 'Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Thin', found that overweight people underestimate their calorie intake by 40 per cent, compared with normal-weight people who underestimate their calorie intake by an average of 20 per cent.

In fact, Wansink, a professor of marketing and of applied economics at Cornell University , says that the more calories in the meal, the fewer calories we tell ourselves it contains.

Another U.S. study found that 63 per cent of us have no idea how many calories we should eat in a day – and we're in danger of becoming 'calorie-oblivious'.

The obesity statistics back this up; recently published figures revealed a quarter of British women and a fifth of British men are obese.

In fact, the statistics, from Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, which compares obesity levels in 19 countries, found British women are officially the most overweight in Europe.


French fries

Coca cola


The number of people suffering from type 2 diabetes and heart disease is also soaring.

Meanwhile, a third of final year primary school children are overweight or obese, according to the latest NHS statistics.

Doctors are now so concerned about the effect of obesity on public health that they today demanded a 20 per cent tax on fizzy drinks and a ban on fast-food outlets near schools to tackle Britain’s obesity problem.



The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has drawn up an action plan in response to the UK’s current status as the fat man of Europe.

Among the proposals is an experimental 20 per cent tax on sugary soft drinks, like that in operation in parts of the US, for at least a year.

The academy, which effectively speaks for the entire medical profession, said urgent action is needed from ministers, the NHS, councils and food producers to break the cycle of ‘generation after generation falling victim to obesity-related illnesses and death’.

Its report says doctors are ‘united in seeing the epidemic of obesity as the greatest public health crisis facing the UK’.