Festive feasts pile on the pounds

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THE average person will have consumed 38,000 calories over the festive period and gained up to 6lbs in weight.

The figures were compiled by weight-loss experts Vitagetics, who found that the typical adult gorges on the equivalent of 15 days worth of food between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

Between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day alone, the average person consumed 15,000 calories.  A turkey dinner with all the trimmings has an average 1,450 calories and alcohol also added to the indulgence with two glasses of mulled wine adding 490 calories and two glasses of champagne 178 calories.

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The recommended calorie allowance for an eight-day period is around 20,000 for men and 16,000 for women.

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