This map shows data on kilocalories available for consumption on average per person per day in 174 countries based on data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Statistics Division. Consumption does not equal actual caloric intake since a portion of food is wasted, see the definition of FAO:
The food consumption refers to the amount of food available for human consumption as estimated by the FAO Food Balance Sheets. However the actual food consumption may be lower than the quantity shown as food availability depending on the magnitude of wastage and losses of food in the household, e.g. during storage, in preparation and cooking, as plate-waste or quantities fed to domestic animals and pets, thrown or given away.
As of the most recent data for 2006-08 most calories are consumed in Austria followed by the USA, Greece, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Unsurprisingly, the top 10 countries where the least calories are consumed are all in Africa, except for Haiti.
Although hunger has been reduced substantially since 1990, hunger and consumption of poor-quality food ("hidden hunger") are still huge problems. See the newly released Global Hunger Index for more information.
While many people in developing countries do not get enough (good) food, bad diets are also a big problem in developed countries, where many people consume more calories than they expend, leading to overweight and obesity.
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