A high-calorie diet is linked to several chronic illnessesPixabay

If you think that eating glazed doughnuts, chicken nuggets or bucket fried chicken would raise your cholesterol levels, think again! These just not the fast food items that make the arteries clogged. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest has published a list of unhealthy meal items that are high in calories.

Known as the 'Xtreme Eating' list, the findings are supervised by nutrition experts after reviewing more than 200 restaurants across the United States. The main aim of the study was to find America's heaviest meal.

1. The Cheesecake Factory: Breakfast Burrito (2,730 calories)

2. Chili's: Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles (2,510 calories)

3. Shake Shack: Double SmokeShack, fries, and Peanut Butter Shake (2,240 calories)

4. Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Deep Dish Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese (2,320 calories)

5. Yard House: Vampire Taco Combo (2,040 calories)

6. AMC Cinemas: Bavarian Legend Soft Pretzel (1,920 calories)

7. The Cheesecake Factory: Chicken Parmesan "Pizza Style" (1,870 calories)

8. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse: Peanut Butter S'mores Pizookie (1,580 calories)

The centre also published '2018 Xtreme Eating Awards.' 

"Americans are eating out more than ever before. So when restaurant chains are serving up 2,000 calories or more on a single plate, it's easy to see why people continue to struggle with overweight, obesity, and diet-related diseases. Long gone are the days when a big restaurant meal was an occasional splurge," said CSPI senior nutritionist Lindsay Moyerin an official statement.

Worst Way to Start the Day: The Cheesecake Factory Breakfast Burrito

Worst Special Effects: Yard House's Vampire Taco Combo

Worst Cinematic Snack: AMC's Bavarian Legend Soft Pretzel

Least Creative Mashup: Chili's Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles

Worst Adapted Pizza: The Cheesecake Factory

Worst Makeup: BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse Peanut Butter S'mores Pizookie

Worst Visceral Effects: Uno Pizzeria & Grill's Deep Dish Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Worst Revival: Shake Shack

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