Hey, America: This is why we're fat.
The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest released its annual "Xtreme Eating Awards" list Wednesday, naming the most over-the-top, unhealthy dishes in restaurant chains across the country -- and the results paint a picture of a nation obsessed with all things sugary, salty, fatty and fried.
Heading up the list is a dish the center says is the most caloric on The Cheesecake Factory's notoriously indulgent menu: the Bistro Shrimp Pasta, which has 3,120 calories and 89 grams of saturated fat. That's five whole days' worth of fat, the report notes.
Also named is the chain's Crispy Chicken Costoletta, clocking in at 2,610 calories and 4 and a half days' worth of saturated fat.
Not far behind is IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs, with 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 mg of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar.
That's like downing five McDonald's Egg McMuffins sprinkled with 10 packets of sugar, center researchers say.
The Bacon Cheddar Double from Johnny Rockets has a whopping 50 g of saturated fat and 2,380 mg sodium -- about twice what you need for an entire day.
Most adults need only 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium, according to government recommendations.
Other "Xtreme" meals include:
-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger: 1,770 calories, 50 g of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium
-- Uno Chicago Grill's Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese: 1,980 calories, 71 g saturated fat, and 3,100 mg sodium
-- Smoothie King's Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie: a 40-oz. large size has 1,460 calories and 22 teaspoons of added sugar (3 and a half days' worth)
-- Maggiano's Little Italy's Chocolate Zuccotto Cake: 1,820 calories, 62 g saturated fat, 26 teaspoons added sugar
The CSPI hopes the list will raise awareness and support for calorie content disclosure on restaurant menus.
See the full list of "winners" here.