What We Eat

Photographer Peter Menzel has gathered an amazing visual documentation on eating habits around the world; each photo represents the food eaten in a week by the people in the photo (which implies that it is the number of people who live in the same household, even it that “house” is a cardboard box or a tin shack…).  It’s eye-opening in many ways:  The amount of junk food in any one of the American households outweighs nearly the entire weekly diet of a family in Chad; some cultures are starch-oriented (pastas, breads, potatoes), and others are meat-oriented.  Click on the photo below to see a video compilation, with the countries labeled, of who eats what.

What do you eat in a week?  How much is natural, how much is man-made?  How much water and natural drinks (teas, fruit juices) vs. artificial drinks (sodas, syrups) do you drink in a week?  Just curious…!

A Week of Food - Ecuador


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2 responses to “What We Eat

  1. wow. this is eye-opening. since we’ve moved to europe, we eat SO much better than we did in the states…without even trying. I drink green tea instead of coffee all day, we dont have junk food because its just not as convenient and dont get me started on the meats and veggies!

    • It probably isn’t hard to do, to have a better diet than the States! 😉 But it also depends on where you are in Europe; Swiss tend to eat quite healthily, but in the UK fish and chips are common, cheap, and not the most healthy thing – but VERY tasty! What I find most eye-opening about this series of photos is the amounts of packaged, processed, or sugary foods in western countries as compared with everywhere else in the world…

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