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How much does the average person eat on Thanksgiving?

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The calories in all of the turkey, mashed potatoes and, of course, pumpkin pie can add up on Thanksgiving; according to the research group Calorie Control Council, the average American eats about 4,500 calories on Thursday.

That's about twice the recommended daily 2,000 - 2,500 calorie diet recommended by the FDA.

The amount of fat in the meal adds up as well. The C.C.C. says the average Thanksgiving-eater consumes enough fat to equal 3 sticks of butter.

The 4,500 calories don't come all in one sitting; the council says that 3,000 of them come from the meal and about 1,500 come from snacking throughout the day.

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