By Justine SanFilippo, MS, CHC Thanksgiving is almost here, which means football, family, food, food, and more food. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American may eat more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat! These figures don’t count breakfast or late-night snacking on leftovers, so many people probably eat well over 5,000 or 6,000 calories. No wonder many people’s waistlines expand on this holiday! The average person needs only 2,000 calories a day to maintain their current weight.