CT People Want to Know How Many Calories They Can Jam in Their Mouth
When it comes to health issues, CT residents want to know one thing, how much can they eat?
Registered Nursing set out to learn more about the health of the country and used Google data to get their answers. They wanted to determine what the most popular health question was in each state.
Some states hoped to learn about flu symptoms, others wanted more diabetes information, but Connecticut residents went a different way. The most common health question in the Nutmeg State was "How many calories should I eat?"
We were not alone in our curiosity. New York, New Jersey and many other states were asking the calorie question in great numbers. Questions about flu symptoms were the most commonly Googled queries around the country.
But you want to know the answer, right? How many calories should you and I be eating? When you Google the question you get a pretty stock answer which is:
Though it differs depending on age and activity level, adult males generally require 2,000-3000 calories per day to maintain weight while adult females need around 1,600-2,400 according to the U.S Department of Health.
Since the question is so common and the answer varies from person-to-person, there are a slew of calorie counting apps available for free. You type in your age, height, weight and fitness information and the calculators tailor the answer to the individual. I used the Mayo Clinic Calculator and found out I should be eating around 2900 calories a day. So, I'll need to cut a few grand from my daily intake.
The conclusion of the study from Registered Nursing was this, some people take their health more seriously than others. I definitely paraphrased and oversimplified the result but that is the gist of it.
For me, this has been simple for as long as I can remember. I exercise as much as I can and completely ignore the rest. I'm prone to stress so the last thing I need to do is overstimulate myself with a butt load of medical information and worry myself to death.
While my philosophy may not work for you, it works for me. It is not uncommon for me to workout an hour a day, 4 times a week and eat a bunch of crap. That is what I choose to do and I'm sure it's not my doctor's preferred method but I'm just not turning down french fries.