Usually, winning an award is a good thing -- but there's really not much pride in winning the "Xtreme Eating 2015" award from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. After all, to even be considered, meals had to be around the 2,000-calorie range.
As CSPI puts it, "Our winners have what it takes ... a total disregard for the obesity epidemic and the coming diabetes tsunami. Of course, you can't blame restaurants for that. That would be so unfair."
One of the winners came from IHOP: the Chorizo Fiesta Omelette. The omelette alone is 1,300 calories.
Not to mention it comes with three buttermilk pancakes, which are 410 calories combined. And you know what goes with pancakes? Syrup. For some of us, lots and lots of syrup.
The entire thing comes to around 1,900 calories -- and that's not including a drink.
Another winner, winner, chicken dinner ... doesn't actually involve chicken. It's the 16-ounce Herb Roasted Prime Rib from Outback. That has 1,402 calories all by its lonesome.
Throw in a couple of sides and half of that complimentary bread loaf they give you and you're looking at about 2,400 calories.
What if you decide to top off dinner with dessert? Don't worry, Cheesecake Factory, you win an award, too.
According to the center, the Cheesecake Factory's Warm Apple Crisp comes in at 1,740 calories. A Cheesecake Factory employee says the dessert is 1,000 calories without any ice cream or whipped topping. It wasn't the worst offender, though.
As registered dietician Paige Einstein explains while pointing to a full plate,"This is a create-your-own-combination from Red Lobster. So, we paired french fries with two types of fried shrimp, a shrimp linguine alfredo with a caesar salad and just one cheddar bay biscuit. ... Just for that drink, it's 900 calories. ... The whole meal has 3,600 calories."
Obesity is a serious issue, with more than one-third of American adults being obese.
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