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Barbecues take toll on waistlines

Published 23/08/2010 | 00:12

Dr Christian Jessen is surrounded by food and drink to illustrate the amount the average British person has consumed during BBQs and pub visits this summer
Dr Christian Jessen is surrounded by food and drink to illustrate the amount the average British person has consumed during BBQs and pub visits this summer

The average Briton consumed 56 sausages, 54 burgers and 36 ice creams over the summer, new research showed.

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Eighty-one cans of beer and 57 glasses of wine also formed part of the diet, alongside 59 bar snacks, such as pork pies and Scotch eggs, and 73 bags of crisps.

The survey of 3,000 people was released to mark Gut Week and highlight the dangers of being overweight.

It found Britons blamed the sunny weather for a lack of fitness, with more than one in five (22%) saying their exercise routine went out of the window as soon as it got hot.

Some 14% said the World Cup had a negative effect on their health because it led to them eating and drinking more than usual.

Asked how often they went to a barbecue this summer, 37% said one per week, 15% said two a week and 9% said 10 or more per week.

More than a third of people ate two or more burgers every time they went to a barbecue, while more than half had one or more hot dogs.

Some 41% could stick to eating just one sausage but 26% had two, 7% had three and 3% wolfed down four. Some 35% of people enjoyed a chicken wing or thigh, 19% ate two, 7% ate three and 3% ate four.

Almost half of people had one portion of coleslaw at each barbecue, while many others tucked into kebabs and ice cream.

TV presenter Dr Christian Jessen said: "It seems that the hot weather has led to a more relaxed view towards exercising and our diet. We all like to indulge from time to time but it can sometimes get out of control."

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