Wren Kitchens: Brits Eat Three Days’ Worth of Calories on Christmas Day

According to new research, collated and analysed by Wren Kitchens, the average Brit will scoff their way through a whopping 5,905 calories this Christmas Day – that’s nearly three times the RDA for the average female and twice the RDA for the average male.

Although the great British festive feast begins quite modestly, with Brits opting for a breakfast of toast or fruit salad, most of us crack into the selection box by 10am with a side of crisps, nuts and sweets – and over a third have started on the celebratory tipple before noon.

Indulging on a calorific morning of confectionary, fruit juice and champagne means most Brits will have hit their recommended dietary allowance of calories and fat intake before the main event has even begun.

But counting calories is a festive taboo for 70% of Brits, who admit they simply don’t worry about their food intake over the festive period – over half go as far to confess that Christmas is their ‘get out of jail free’ card to indulge in whatever they please – 37% admit to cracking open a bottle every day of the festive week.

Matt Plowman of Cardiff Sports Nutrition warns us not to make it a habit: “Eating 6000 calories each day would not only cause you to gain a stone every two weeks, but you’d also become incredibly ill. You’d risk becoming insulin resistant – this can happen within two days of eating meals with that amount of fat and is a precursor to diabetes. The body can also become overloaded with free radicals, causing inflammation within the body and damaging cells.”

The research, which forms part of Wren Kitchens’ Festive Feast campaign, reveals that the average Brit would need to head out on a 21.5 hour-long walk this Boxing Day in order to reverse the damage of Christmas Day’s calorific feast. Alternatively, you could undertake nearly 13 hours of aerobic exercise or run on a treadmill for nearly 8 hours.

Furthermore, if the song came true and it really was Christmas every day, the average Brit could be tipping the scales 26st heavier this time next year – it would be like eating 118 chicken nuggets or 26 Krispy Kreme doughnuts every day.

The average 5,905 festive feast is the equivalent to:


Equivalent no.

McDonald’s Big Mac


Pork pie


Subway 6″ turkey sub


Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut


Dominos cheese & tomato pizza slice


Bag of Quavers


Kitkat (2 fingers)


Hovis white bread (slice)


Burger King chicken nugget


McVitie’s Jaffa Cake


Source: Wren Kitchens

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