"" What's She Eating Now?: Fun Fact Wednesday

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fun Fact Wednesday

Reading Irena Chalmers' book, Food Jobs, I came across this statistic: "Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or about 350 slices per second." For you city folk, just one acre is nearly as big as an American football field.

So what's your share? On a per person basis it is more meaningful to measure based on weight, rather than acres or even square feet. Starting with Chalmers follow-on claim that the average American eats 46 slices of pizza per year (which does roughly tie to the above stats), and with the average pie tipping the scales at three pounds for eight slices, that means on average Americans eat over 17 pounds of pizza annually. With the average American adult weighing around 177 pounds, this does not mean we are all made up of approximately 10% pizza, but sometimes I wonder.

OK HP12C, you can go back in the drawer now.

1 comment:

  1. I think you should head back to Tufts and do a thesis on how the 17lbs of pizza/year is divided between Espresso's and Nick's...Although the slice at Espresso's was bigger, I was always a Nick's girl!
    -Lee ;)