The average Australian eats out more than four times a week, and almost half these meals are energy-dense meals such as burgers, fried chicken, pizzas, noodles and bakery items.

A single energy-dense meal may contain most of an adult’s daily kilojoule (kJ) intake, so many people are eating far too many kilojoules without realising it.

To maintain body weight you need to aim for your energy intake (food and drink) to equal your energy output (physical activity). If you consume more kilojoules than your body uses, the spare energy is stored as fat and you will put on weight.

Large Victorian fast food and supermarket chains are required to display the kilojoule content of ready-to-eat food and drinks on their menus and food tags, along with the average adult daily energy intake (8,700 kJ).

Check the kilojoule content of some common take-away and ready-to-eat meals compared to the average daily intake, and how long it would take to walk that meal off.

Please note: Calculations are a reference only, based on an average male (176 cm and 86 kg) and female (162 cm and 71 kg) walking at a moderate pace of 5 km/h. The average male and female are based on the average weight, height and median age of Australian adults based on ABS 2012 data.

Your own energy expenditure and energy needs may vary.

Use our kilojoule calculator to find out your energy needs.


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