Meet Tom. He's 35 and has his own building company. While he hasn't completely given up the tools, these days he spends less time on site than he once did. Some days he'll be flat doing his share of the work that goes into building a house. Other days he'll spend more time on the paper work and getting things organised.
Tom's work-day normally sees him on site by 6.30am. He works hard and doesn't like spending too much time away from the job, so his food choices during the day are based around what's quick, easy and filling.
Breakfast is usually on the run at one from one of the larger 'fast' and snack food chains he finds on the while driving to the job. He'll usually grab a sausage and egg muffin and a large flat white coffee.
Morning Tea is a banana he's bought from home.
Lunch needs to be filling and a Chicken & Mayo wrap, a regular serve of chips and a can of soft drink (375ml) normally see's him though to dinner.
For Dinner tonight it's something quick and easy; 3 good Pork sausages, 2 generous scoops of mashed potato, gravy and peas with a couple of glasses of beer.
All up, Tom's food choices for today added up to just over 10,000 kJ.
And while there's no doubt that when he's doing the hard, physical work his job sometimes demands, his body will probably use all that energy. On other days when he's not as active, he could be taking in more than what he needs to maintain a healthy weight. Remember, we're just talking here about the energy in Tom’s food, not whether it's healthy as a regular eating pattern!