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(CBS) — Wednesday is National Cheesecake Day, something restaurants like Cheesecake Factory are heavily promoting, and by coincidence it’s also the day that the Center for Science in the Public Interest — a-k-a the food police — released its 2014 Xtreme Eating Awards. Some of these numbers are staggering.

You don’t go to the Cheesecake Factory expecting a healthy meal, but you probably had no idea the numbers are this bad.

According to the CSPI, the pasta with chicken and roasted garlic has 2,400 calories and 63 grams of saturated fat, that’s three days’ worth! To burn off all that cream sauce, you’d have to jog five hours.

Going to the Cheesecake Factory for breakfast? The Bruleed French Toast has a whopping 2,700 calories, five-days’ worth of saturated fat — that’s 93 grams — and 2,200 milligrams of sodium to go with all that sweet stuff. Don’t worry, you could swim laps for seven hours and make it all go away.

Other “winners” include burger chain Red Robin. Eat the A1 Peppercorn Burger, bottomless fries and caramel milkshake there and you’re looking at more than 35-hundred calories — almost two days’ worth. A bonus: three and a half days of saturated fat and four days of sodium. Better plan on taking a brisk 12 hour walk to burn it off.

Other shockers: the Big Hook up at Joe’s Crab Shack has 7,600 milligrams of sodium about how much you should eat in five days. The Prime New York Steak Contadina style at Maggiano’s has the calories of nine quarter pounder patties at McDonalds. Better plan on hitting the rowing machine for seven and a half hours to undo the damage.

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