Friday, July 2, 2010

Family Food Consumption... By Country

I like how the Italian family's favorite food is frozen fish sticks, and the American family's favorite food is spaghetti!






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186 comments:

Anonymous said...

Me so hungry now!

Anonymous said...

Bread, Meat, Bread and Meat...and Meat and Bread!

LOL

Anonymous said...

It's actually pretty sad as you go further down the line...

Mickey said...

Just look. I mean really look at the AMOUNT of food that is purchased week to week. The last family shown is only spending a little over a dollar a week, but they sure don't get to eat much. It's the difference between eating for pleasure and eating to survive. Which I believe is the whole point of this article.

Anonymous said...

I'm English (British) and have never eaten, nor see anyone eat a mayonnaise sandwich? wtf? :P

niknite_4 said...

I think this is very interesting!

Anonymous said...

Where's the Heineken?

Anonymous said...

this was really thought provoking i loved it thank you

Anonymous said...

haha... when i got to the countries that were poorer and had like NOTHING to eat... it made me laugh so hard and made me hungry.

Anonymous said...

The English people apparently live in "cllingbourne ducis" I think it's "collingbourne ducis" I live 20 minutes down the road from there! Google maps is my proof: http://tinyurl.com/2agfssp

Anonymous said...

How come the Germans are the only one with Beer and Wine (with the exception of the British Family with a meagre bottle of wine on the mantle)???

Anonymous said...

To some extent for me it looks sadder earlier in the page than later. The Bhutan, Ecuador, and Cairo family appear to be getting far more veggies and less processed foods. Excellent comparison.

Prawn Star said...

I'd like to second what anonymous above said - I'm also English and "mayonnaise sandwich" got a definite WTF from me too.

Anonymous said...

It really is thought provoking. I kept looking to see which family had the most fruits and vegetables in their diet. Amazing the crap people eat. Mayonaise sandwiches?

Anonymous said...

this is a great article! the lower the list the less refined the food is, and i'm sure the healthier it is too

Anonymous said...

If this teaches us anything it is that we should all buy our food from the countries further down the list, because look how cheap they are!

Anonymous said...

Why is the United States listed twice?

Anonymous said...

Very informative in a bite-sized manner.

Packaged foods are the majority until you get to Poland where it looks to be about 50/50. After that, "real" food starts taking over.

Amazing what people/we/I could do with just a little effort.

Anonymous said...

The U.S. is listed twice because we are two times better than all the other shitheads on the list. USA! USA! USA!

KillerPandaRage said...

Mayonnaise sandwich. British eat much better food than that! And because the US is much more important than everywhere else.

Anonymous said...

im british and have no idea what a mayonaisse sandwich is...

emrysa said...

neat!!

Anonymous said...

two from US because one is East Coast and one is West Coast, and the families themselves have different cultural origins.

Anonymous said...

English also and a mayo sandwich is just wrong. Mayo and chips (fries) is another matter.

Jeannie said...

Way too much Coca-Cola!

Angtt said...

I agree with Mickey's "It's the difference between eating for pleasure and eating to survive. Which I believe is the whole point of this article."

The last picture and description brought tears to my eyes... Many from richer families really spend way too much for their own happiness, interest. Perhaps, if only they helped a bit more those who strive so hard to just get 1 hundreth of what they have.

Anonymous said...

Because people in the USA tend to eat twice as much as they should?

Anonymous said...

Mexico and the U.S. have beer too...
why is it listed twice.. cuz the east coast and the west coast are different ... YES THE WEST IS THE BEST.... but they forgot to put a mexican family from Cali. or there would be beer :)

Anonymous said...

There is no way that people in California spend that little on groceries.

Anonymous said...

how many limes does a Mexican family need in a week. bring on the tequila

LyricMezzoSoprano said...

When I got to the bottom, looking at the families that spent five and one U.S. dollars per week made me want to just go there and buy months of groceries for those people. If I had the means of getting there, it would definitely be something on a to-do list one day.

Anonymous said...

I never knew that so many others besides myself enjoy eating plates and bowls. ;)

Anonymous said...

You really have to wonder on how much we really need compared to how much we really get out of life's necessities.

I'm sure the family from Chad would go ape shit if they saw the families up top eating a meal.

Anonymous said...

Bet there's no "Acid reflux disease" or "Lactose intolerance" in Chad. Maybe they should move to where the FOOD IS?!? .. Psst ..

Anonymous said...

The last few made me sad :(

lano500 said...

You forgot Australia!

Anonymous said...

hehe they wouldnt fit my consumtion in there! 365 pizzas ^^

Anonymous said...

yea USA! USA! USA!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, totally forgot Australia, although I don't think that many cartons of VB would fit in the shot. :)

Anonymous said...

To the person who said "There is no way that people in California spend that little on groceries" -- it's possible!

My husband and I live in Canada (London, Ontario), and we spend $50-60 a week on average. We don't buy many processed foods, and we avoid soft drinks. We also look for sales and clip coupons. If a family of 4 did that, they would be spending $100-120 a week, which is still quite possible. And yes, we eat normal meals.

Anonymous said...

I noticed there is no alcohol like beer, spirits, or wine pictured in some of the more affluent families. I believe their food budgets would have doubled had that been included.

Throckmorton Jones said...

Every time I've seen this article it amazes me how much garbage most of these families are eating. MY bf and I spend about $350 on food a MONTH for the two of us. We don't buy soda, candy, cookies, etc. Pizza and other take out foods are extremely rare for us.

Imagine how much healthier and happier these families could be if they put their money towards a better diet with less junk food and used some of what they saved for other things.

The very poor families are about the only ones who seem to have it right, and that's not by choice. With so little budget, they have to make good food choices.

Anonymous said...

Lol the dong family

Anonymous said...

Capri-Sun and prawn cocktails? What is this, 1980?

Anonymous said...

I'm British, and just the thought of a mayonnaise sandwich makes me gip. Don't you know by now, we don't eat mayonnaise sandwiches, but we do wear bowler-hats and walk with a skip in our step?!

Anonymous said...

The funny part is the point that many have missed. Gluttony and starvation.

Anonymous said...

375,39 Euros a weak for the german family is pretty much. I'm also from germany we're here 4 persons (2 Adults and 2 Childs, 2 and 4 years) we're eating very healthy and spend only 140 Euros. That means much vegetables bio products and the like... Don't know what they're doing...

But the last three... :-/

Anonymous said...

I think it's funny that the photographer obviously has some unwritten preconceived notions of the differences between the US+UK versus the rest of the world. For the US+UK people, the junk food is prominently displayed in front where it looks largest and fills up the most room. At first and second glance, it sure looks like the rest eat a purely healthy diet with only the rare junk snack. However, you look tucked away in hidden corners and far to the back that there is junk food, it was just strategically arranged to be hidden.

Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting how the amount of food goes down, but the amount of family members goes up! Also, i'm from england - mayo sandwich!? Erm, no.

Anonymous said...

The most amount of crap in their diet: United States and Great Britain.

Well, color me surprised.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Scotland and the "brittish" mayonnaise sandwich isn't that shocking to me really, though my budget for a week of shopping is only £50 (It's also for more than just me) maybe only poor people eat them, I don't understand how people can throw away such a rediculous amount of money on food and half of it it processed crap.
I know some of these families are big but some are only two adults and a child!

Anonymous said...

Look at the amount of crap we Americans eat. Almost every other country has more fresh fruit and veggies. I think the one family has one little bunch of grapes in with their boxes of processed foods. An eye opener for sure.

Ed said...

Why is no one busting on the German family? $500!?!?!?!? Of course, all that beer and wine adds up. I will say that I'm a little surprised at these numbers. I live in SE Georgia (US) and spend about $150-175 a week with me my wife and 3 adult children in the house. We do tend to go a little fresher and eat pork and chicken instead of take out pizza and beef. Mayo sandwiches are great with leaf lettuce and tomato BTW.

Drew said...

I live in the southern US and, growing up poor, have eaten more than my share of mayonnaise sandwiches, usually when we ran out of bologna. Not tasty, but you do what you gotta do...

James said...

i thought there would be a donate option at the end 0o! Wish there was, I feel bad for the last family. Most I've done to help was a lame walk :(

Anonymous said...

I wonder what it is from where Im from...Brazil.

Anonymous said...

Um...this is an article right from the Smithsonian...

Anonymous said...

Im from the U.S and this definitely shows we need more fruits and veggies in our diets.

Anonymous said...

Why does the Mexican family have 12 bottles of coke for 1 week...And 6 bags of bagels for the California 4 person family? Bit excessive.

And really, a mayonnaise sandwich? Also, how much prodding did the for the Ecuador family to give up it's secret family recipe of potato soup with cabbage?

Don't really feel sorry for the Bhutan group, that is a pretty swag house they are living in. Poor Chaddies.

Anonymous said...

I'm Canadian and have no idea what a British is.

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qutegarbage said...

VERY nice post! RTed it so more ppl can enjoy this! :)

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

Lol the dong family"

That's what I came to say, you beat me to it. You sir win one internets.

Anonymous said...

The USA has two, bc we're badass!!!! And to the person who said we eat twice as much...well at least we can afford it bitch!

Anonymous said...

Mayonnaise sandwich????
yeah, wtf, mayonnaise in a sandwich is cool, but on its own? you need some substance or chicken or something.

Anonymous said...

It's funny, the people in the poorer countries look happier.

Anonymous said...

I find that this is actually completely unrealitic. I live in Kentucky in the USA and a family of 4 does not spend more than $150 a week, sometimes less. Anyone else who spends more than that is gluttonous. I myself have an overactive hypermetabolism and I only spend about $30 per week on myself. So basically it comes down to, the maker of this article is riffing a buch of BS.

Anonymous said...

Americans are obese compared to the rest of the world, you have a serious problem thats not recognised by these comparisons.

My Telecom Info said...

Wow.. Nice info...
Looks like a BIG BIG meal... :)

Anonymous said...

If they asked one of the boys in the family I'm sure they would have had no problem getting mayonnaise sandwich as a favourite. My son went through a (brief) phase of eating lemon curd and mayo in sandwiches - mostly to make other people go - yuck!

Anonymous said...

The comparison of money spent per week and fresh food/processed food is wonderful.

Then you get to the family from Chad... that packed a real punch. Especially when you can tell that is absolutely it for them... they do not have the luxury of farming for more.

Anonymous said...

your son and mayonnaise!!

It's heartbreaking to compare the 6-probably-more-members-family of Chad to the western approx-4-members-families. And u can multiply the chadians by the millions.

so what did you and your son do to deserve mayonnaise!?

Sophz said...

What I find interesting is that both American families(why are there two anyway?, as well as th British family eat the least amount of fresh fruits and veggies of the whole article. Which two countries have the obesity problem? That's what I thought. If we all ate like the Egyptian family I'm sure the problem would go away on its own (and I would gladly choose okra with mutton over frozen pizza)

keith said...

i don't know which is more sad...the family at the end in chad...or the idiotic, ignorant, and mean statements and comments that were made about this! "move to where the food is" !?!?! ...are you kidding me!?!? >>had to be a republican!

Anonymous said...

Hilarious how the black kids in America have a fridge full of munchies and as I predicted the Africa's have a bottle of water and a fruit basket... lmao

Lauren said...

It really is sad to see the discrepancy between someone in a first world country compared to a family in the third world county. It is so easy to go about our daily routines,and forget that there are those that are so much less fortunate.

Anonymous said...

I think what they mean by "mayonnaise sandwich" is what is often called egg mayonnaise or egg salad. I've had that at several sandwich shops in London. Pretty good stuff.

Anonymous said...

The weird part is, the people that have less food seem to be smiling a lot more....hmm

Anonymous said...

I'm in the US and when I was little we had neighbors whose mother was from Wales. When their relatives came to visit (little cousins) they wanted bread, butter and mayonnaise sandwiches or bread , butter and "sauce" (ketchup)
We thought that was so weird, but I had heard about it.... maybe a Wales specialty?

Anonymous said...

one of the most interesting things is that as you go downwards, it may seem a little more depressing, but the people actually look happier. If you compare the family from Bhutan to the family from Germany, the family from Bhutan seems happier. Rather than finding happiness through consumption they find it someway else.

Anonymous said...

this is very ineteresting, and if some americans had to eat to survive, you would prob die, and for all you fucks that that are making fun of the poorer families, just stop because we all know you just wish you could spend that little and be happy. You WOULD die comrad. but for those who respect this article, disregard this and thank you.

novelist said...

Look at the British family. It is really hard to spot ANY fresh FOOD at all. Almost all of it is manufactured junk food. No wonder one in four are OBESE.

Maggie said...

I agree with Keith. There are some pretty insensitive comments. There's some really sobering imagery here. I find it even more depressing that some people delight in the wealth of one country over the poverty of another. Disgusting indeed..

Anonymous said...

There should be way more food on the table for the German family. When I was living with my exchange family we had all those kinds of foods only for breakfast!

Anonymous said...

I love all the USA and GB hating. Because apparently we're all horrible people for shopping at a grocery store. I will admit that a family of four spending 300+ for a week's worth of groceries may be excessive, but that doesn't make them bad. A family that eats a lot of processed food may not have the money to buy a lot of fresh produce and have you really taken the time to look at those prices? A bag of apples isn't as cheap as a container of apple sauce. All of this "Ugh, they're such disgusting, ignorant, selfish Americans" stuff is getting old and annoying. Give them a break.

Anonymous said...

I like how you put "the American family eats spaghetti and Italian like fish sticks. When in the Italian menu there is "pasta with ragu" America-> spaghetti = pasta = rigatoni = penne = rotini
So Americans and Italians like the same thing!

Dez Crawford said...

The small amount of food for the African family makes e sad. Otherwise, the "poorer" countries' diet looks much healthier.

NicoleB, Egypt said...

Not sure about the Californians and the Kuwaitis.
California isn't exactly known for cheap prices.
And a Kuwaiti family on 65KD? I truly doubt it!
But nonetheless, an interesting read :)
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

The last one breaks your heart.

Sophie said...

the last puts a lot in perspective :|

Anonymous said...

Keith --- thank you for saying exactly what I was thinking reading all these comments. the ignorance and insensitivity is just sad.

Anonymous said...

The prices here are astounding - the German family spends the equivalent of $125 per week on ONE PERSON! That's about a month's worth of groceries (food as well as items like shampoo) for myself!

Incidentally, some anonymous commenter made a comment about the people in Chad not having lactose intolerance. That person is actually quite incorrect, because Africa has some of the highest lactose intolerance rates in the world. The reason for this is that lactose tolerance in adult humans actually only developed in the last few thousand years, when dairy animals were domesticated and the ability to gain extra nutrition from dairy products was a small evolutionary advantage.

Anonymous said...

theres two US because they had to have a black family as well as a white family.

Anonymous said...

To the person who said, "My husband and I live in Canada (London, Ontario), and we spend $50-60 a week on average.... If a family of 4 did that, they would be spending $100-120 a week."

You really don't know how kids work, do you. Kids eat A TON. They easily out-eat their parents. If you're spending $25-30 per adult per week, you'd probably end up spending about twice that (at least) per kid, and more once they're teenagers.

Anonymous said...

This is very interesting to read and examine.But I think people are also overlooking some facts.
Yes, the amount of food on the table for the week somewhat decreases as you go down, but not until you hit Mongolia and Ecuador.

The latter countries aside, I think the comparisons of the families from other countries are not completely fair in that this doesn't show how the food market prices differ.

For example, I'm pretty sure things are more expensive in Japan, Italy and Great Britain. Perhaps the amount of food on the table and what is bought should be more analyzed than the price of what each family pays for it. Because some of the families are just buying a whole bunch of crap that's so bad for the body such as liters of Coca Cola and Lays potato chips.

Anonymous said...

You know, here is south america there is a way to describe the american food: "taste like, but is not".

For some reason USA people loves this product who taste like beef, potato, and fruits, but if you send that to any lab in the wolrd, they will say to you: "there is no way in the world this can be real food". Thats the reason why people from USA get crazy when they taste a real barbecue here in Chile, Argentina or Uruguay.

You cant beat the real flavour, the one you get when you have a "Cordero al Palo" (google for that and you will see some amazing pictures). Here the "cordero al palo" is a tradition, and thats a complete day of work and eat.

Anonymous said...

Still find it funny that the hardest one to see any fruit or bread or anything healthy is the american one.

Anonymous said...

I like the diet from Ecuador family. Truly sustainable and energy efficient. And the people look so happy and healthy.

Anonymous said...

I live in a family of 3 and we spend 400$ on groceries a week. (Chicago)

Anonymous said...

Makes me kind of sad at the end. Kind of makes you want to change your eating habits too

Anonymous said...

Periodically, I scratch my flesticle. How bout you?

Anonymous said...

I'm from Mexico and believe me, people here drinks a lot of coke and soft drinks all the time :(

pat said...

Notice how some families weekly groceries included a lot of produce and others, a lot of packages?

Anonymous said...

LOL I'm mexican and we do not drink that much Coke. I have a family of 4 and we spend about 300 dlls per week on groceries. And what's with the crab? No one cooks crab.. we are all about meat, chicken, beer, tequila, margaritas, sushi and salads. Besides not all mexicans look like the ones in the picture, just the lower class. I blame Hollywood for making the world think of us like indians.

Oh and USA eats a shitload of crap. And your food tastes all the same.

Anonymous said...

I am mexican girl and we love tacos, beer and tequila! Oh, and not all of us look like that, just the lower class.

Anonymous said...

I love how many high and mighty people have appeared on this list's commentaries.

Are even half of you aware how much more expensive it is to eat 'real food', as you all seem so keen to put it, than it is to eat processed foods?

Eating fruits and vegetables, in the U.S. at least, is an expensive choice to make. Its a lot easier on the budget to buy premade meals like TV dinners.

None of you have any idea how much money these people have to spend on food. Depending on the country, your budget for food would have to be much higher to eat organic or just fruits and veggies.

I know this because I've done it. And I went poor and damned hungry.

Anonymous said...

I feel like people are getting 'smiling' confused with 'happiness'

Not every country has the same mentality that you do. Some places its considered inappropriate to smile in a photo.

Anyone here ever taken a family photo and smiled in the picture, but they were really having the worst time of their lives?

Don't confuse a smile with happiness.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah.. USA west is the best.
They also need to shout to make a point.

Also seems there's some kind of link between cola and fat kids. Who'd have thought that?

Anonymous seems to think that Heineken is German. You might want to Google that one.

I think anonymous says to much.

Anonymous said...

I don't see how fast food and pizza can be counted as "groceries." Sure you spend the money on them but you don't need them. I noticed just about 1 thing from the major fast food places(McDonald's, BK, KFC, Taco Bell, etc) in the pic of the family from NC. You don't need to eat fast food weekly and you'd save a lot more if you didn't.

It amazes me how much is spent per week though. I live in a house with 7 people and we can spend what the family in NC pays per ONE week for ONE month. It may be a little more depending on if we are having a cook-out or what not but either way over $340 a week for food?! INSANE!

Anonymous said...

thought provoking....but not happy that Chad was the only sub-saharan country shown. Of course they are poor. It's a war zone and in the sahara desert! How about showing an African family in more relatable circumstances?

Anonymous said...

Am I the only person who thinks that some of you miss the point? its a comparism look at the german family
(okay 500 dollar is pretty much, but in my familiy we are six and spent as much) and look at the last african familiy!!

guys this is sad!! some people are eating so much and there are so many other people eating not half of the amount their bodies really need.

while the amount of food is getting smaller and smaller the amount of people is rising!
oh this world is deranged! I can't believe there was a whole discussion about mayonnaise sandwiches(for god sake leave the poor boy alone who cares?!?!)and people are missing the point!!!! this world is over.

I think I go cry or something.......

at look at the message! some people seem to be blind-.-

Anonymous said...

this is so sad!

Anonymous said...

One thing I think most people have been overlooking is that the people living in larger developed cities tend to eat more processed foods than those who live in more rural areas.

Having lived in both kinds of places, it really makes a huge difference on the price of food. It's quite expensive buying fresh food in a city where it has to be delivered when compared to the country where the farm is just a mile or two down the road from the grocery.

Also, if you look at the island countries like japan, you can see alot of fish, and a little bit of other fresh foods, but most of it has to be processed to be shipped a long distance.

As to why there are 2 american families, most people forget just how big and diverse america really is. Each state is almost it's own country as to how different the people can be. Try going to New York, Florida, Texas, New Orleans, Utah, and California. There is a reason it's called the melting pot.

Anonymous said...

Several people have commented on there being two photos for the US/the second one from CA... and I noticed also how cheap their grocery bill was... but was I the only one to also notice their atrocious haircuts and clothing?? That pic has to be from like... 1985. Ew. Also explains how cheap their bill is.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting post, including the comments. Could and should produce some great dinner time conversations.

Anonymous said...

ye so 24 litres of coca cola in 1 week for the mexicans.... that seems a bit excessive as there's 4 of them so that means each family member drinks 1 litre of coke per day

ye thats healthy for you...

Anonymous said...

WYKOP!

Anonymous said...

Look at all the shit those families in the US and UK buy. No wonder obesity is rampant there!

Anonymous said...

Mayonnaise sandwich sounds a bit like stone soup - pretty good and if you had some bacon it would be better. ...and if you had some tomato it would be even better. ...and if you have some lettuce... Well, you get the point.

I think this brings up a ton of things to discuss in whatever country you live. I'd love to see a comparison of how much time a family spends per day just getting food and getting it ready to eat.

Anonymous said...

I'd be very curious to know how much they actually consumed versus what was bought. Rather shameful but in my household there is waste. My childrens' appetites, likes, and dislikes are a true mystery to me and are constantly changing. Sometimes I hit it just right, and sometimes I miss.

Anonymous said...

Did you see that German kid on the right? I already hate him just from the expression on his face. Go eat a mayonaise sandwich.

Anonymous said...

my heart sank as i came to the last picture. thats the difference between eating to live...and livnig to eat.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone also notices the number of people per family? Less food to feed more family members.

Anonymous said...

Why USA alone?


a:bitches don't know that California is a country of its own.

Anonymous said...

I am British and I do not know any British family that eats like this supposedly British family. Where do they get these sample families?

Anonymous said...

mexican too, people drinks coke like theres no fuckin tomorrow. oh, and lol @the Dong family.

Anonymous said...

Someone said, "A family that eats a lot of processed food may not have the money to buy a lot of fresh produce and have you really taken the time to look at those prices? A bag of apples isn't as cheap as a container of apple sauce."

True, a bag of apples may not be as cheap as a container of applesauce, but the apples will go a lot further than the applesauce! Also, frozen fruits and veggies can be less expensive, but still very healthy -- not prepared meals, just frozen peas, corn, etc.

And I also must mention someone else and their comment about "Eating fruits and vegetables, in the U.S. at least, is an expensive choice to make. Its a lot easier on the budget to buy premade meals like TV dinners.

None of you have any idea how much money these people have to spend on food. Depending on the country, your budget for food would have to be much higher to eat organic or just fruits and veggies."

"Organic" mostly means "overpriced." As environmentally friendly as it may be, it only works for people who have a lot of money to spend. I never buy organic, but I always buy fruits and veggies -- sometimes fresh, sometimes frozen. And I rarely buy anything unless it is on sale. It is easier in summer, when there is more fresh produce to be had, but not impossible in winter.

We live on a budget (2 adults), and we spend less in a month than some people seem to spend in a week. Our grocery bill tends to be around $55 for the week. We are Canadian, from Southwestern Ontario.

Giulia said...

The Italian family is the only one who includes cigarettes in their weekly grocery list (Diana, on the cupboard in the back!)

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous July 16, 2010 3:55 PM
Organic doesn't have to be expensive. I live in a city but lucky enough to have farm land surrounding us so we use the farmers markets. I can make a fresh organic meal for four for much less than the price of 4 Big Macs. Taking the time to cook is the issue here. Fast food is not cheap and it is crap.

We also live in Southern Ontario two adults 1 & 4 year old. No Pop ever. No Chips basically no garbage foods We buy our veg and fruit mostly from farmers markets within 5 miles. Meat also we're lucky to have a farm specializing in local and naturally fed farm-raised game meats.
Our budget for food is C$100 weekly.

Anonymous said...

towards the end the article definitely made me tear up as well but then again you have to remember that thats all they know of so they cant compare to us and get sad of how little they have compared to the rest of the world.


and im from the west coast and believe me i live in california and can spend way less than $100 a wee for groceries. i went to the store today and only spent about $20 :))


spain 2010 world cup champions!!! :D

Anonymous said...

you totally got the wrong german family, i live two km next to bargteheide and so i can buy in the same shops for the same prices and our 4 head family can eat for "pleasure" with 80 to 150 euros a week... nobody needs 375 euros in germany per week!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

developed countries = much higher cost of living. food is more expensive!

yes we are eating more than we need to survive, but food has become a pleasure, this is not a 20th century change, look back in history food has been a pleasure since man began to talk pretty much.
people from most of the less developed countries still experience food as a pleasure but it is a necessity first. that is the difference.

Blue Ocean said...

Out of all of those, I think I'd most like to be the Italian family. Very healthy and tasty. Not too much to be gluttons and not too little to be hungry.

The Sanity Inspector said...

The African-American family's diet is apparently all sugar, salt, grease, and fat. No wonder their life expectancy is less!

Kylie said...

I see a lot of righteous horror at mayonnaise sandwiches, but where is the outrage at pig knuckles?

Barbara said...

It strikes me, that at the top, with a lot of food and a lot of money some faces looks more sad, than the poorest familys...

Anonymous said...

I think the U.S. is listed twice because its a much larger country than most of the other's listed. Anyone who's spent time in different parts of the U.S. can see the vast differences between the North and South, East and West. I believe England could easily fit in North Carolina with room to spare, and that is a pretty small state for us.

Anonymous said...

Having lived both in the "first" and in the "third" world, I can say from experience that part of the reason home cooking from fresh foods is much more common in the third world is simply because there are far more housewives who have the time to cook home-made food and the environment and/or culture does not give them much opportunities for work outside the home.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Poland, and here it's way cheaper to live on soils products than it is on processed food. Most of people who eat mainly processed food are god damn students who don't have time to cook their own food. Sadly enough more and more folks around here starts eating junk food, just because it's faster. Oh, and don't worry, not all of us eat pig's knuckles (although they're really awesome, and relatively cheap), i guess most people eat beef/pork.

Oh and about alcohol, polish do not consider alcohol to be a part of food :)

Anonymous said...

I need to move to the Breidjing Camp...the cost of living is sooooo cheap.

Anonymous said...

The people represented on the top of the list will probably die from obesity and heart disease before the families on the bottom of the list starve to death.

mar_mailbox said...

Very fascinating!

Anonymous said...

i really hope that those American families aren't representative of the country as a whole. i live in America and my two person family eats on 10.00 per week. it isn't easy, but you'd be surprised what you can get cheaply, namely rice and beans, frozen veggies and fruits, and a little chicken. some of the families on the top of the list need to learn some self-control, seriously.

Anonymous said...

Some how another this looks a little "TOO" professionally choreographed to be real. It seems the people in the photo's are mere models for this project.. "PERHAPS" they were interviewed and questioned about their food and eating habits. But this same concept has been and "is" used every day all the time in nearly every printed media world wide to convince gullible readers that what the write/author/journalist says is correct and true "as is."

Anonymous said...

notice the lack of fried chicken in the 2nd families picture.

Anonymous said...

Imagine the thousends of tons of used packaging garbage our civilization produces. Poor environment.

Anonymous said...

VERY subjective. I am Ecuadorian, and I live in Quito, a city where I can find the same products as in Miami. It is true that there is a huge quality of living difference in my country, but you should not make it look as if all of the country lives in huts and eats what they themselves harvest. Please, do not generalize or fall into stereotypes.

Anonymous said...

i am mexican, and to the other mexicans... the other class? thats the effing problem with us man and sadly 96% of mexicans look that way, and yes they eta crab because they fish it. dudes one thig very interesting about this is the fact that the fod gets better, i mean... real, depending on the country. the poorer the country the more real the food gets... why? beacuase they fish it or hunt it etc...

and to all the people commenting from places that are not first world countries be realistc you are at least the minimum 7% of your population. be realistic guys our countres are the best in culture and tradition but are the worst in living standards. and maybe yes you the one behind the computer are having a great time buying stuff ou can get in miami but REALLY think about what is going on in your country. eitherway, there is one thing you cannot get with al the money and techonlogy in the world, that is a history and culture, if any americans say they have a lot of culture.. shit man check your history, your culture is a friggin mix of everyone elese culture your real culture should be the red indians and navajo and all those, not som italian-irish-jewish descent kid. any way. we are who we are.

beautiful pctures.

Anonymous said...

i think that it is funny how the world has grown to be... with all our new the world has turned horrible for eating. we either eat alot, but of processed foods that are not good for us... or we eat very healthy natural foods, but don't have enough to satisfy our needs, yet everyone looks happy with it simply because it is what we normally eat and so there is nothing wrong with it... at least, thats what i see

Anonymous said...

makes me want to eat some soup with fresh sheep meat... then throw it up and order 3 pizza only eat one and give the other 2 to my dogs... gotta love the U.S.

Boogaloo57 said...

I'm from the west coast US born and raised, my diet is identical to the Melander family of Germany and the Casales family of Mexico and I don't know what kind of crap those other Americans are eating but you must understand the US is a really big and diverse country..

Banyah said...

Loved reading (and viewing) through this article. Not only were the pictures fascinating, it allowed some pretty enlightening perspectives on the different peoples of the world.

Kelsi said...

this is neither here nor there, but on first glance, i thought the mom of the british family was ziggy stardust era david bowie.

Anonymous said...

"Why is the United States listed twice?"
Because they eat twice as much as every one else....

Anonymous said...

does anyone else notice how the poorer families are smiling more in their pictures? Almost like they can appreciate what it is to be alive more....maybe because they are closer to death.

Anonymous said...

The girl on the far right of the first picture was PISSED off lol

Anonymous said...

People should come forward and do some charity for poor..

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Anonymous said...

the last few made me really happy, thanks i fell great about myself now this was a real self esteem helper

Anonymous said...

I live in the USA and feel ashamed of the people in my country who left nasty comments about how great they are because they live in the USA and eat a lot of crap. I have to say that there isn't a whole lot of processed food in my diet and I am probably much healthier than those who are proud of their absurd and wasteful food consumption. (just representing those of us in the USA who are not morons...)

Anonymous said...

to the people who are saying "USA is the best!!" The reason your on the list twice cause' the whole world knows what greedy bastards you are. your the reason the why the world is starving to death, you fat gits...

This doesn't apply to the nice people of USA, the ones who aren't selfish and care!!

Anonymous said...

I like the kid from the 2nd family is grinning. It reminds me of Xzibit. "Yo dawg, I herd u like food...."

Anonymous said...

i just don't understand how a family of 4 could actually eat 5oo dollars worth of food a week. there are 8 people in my house and we only spend 300 a week on groceries. that includes none food items, i.e. toiletries. i just don't see how any one can physically eat that much

Felicity said...

Any one else notice how most of these photos appear to be taken in the early 1990's? Look at their Cosby sweaters and acid wash jeans!

Anonymous said...

pig knuckles don't sound great but at least theres some meat. what the hell is a mayonaise sandwich? makes me want to puke

Anonymous said...

A mayonnaise sandwich is just that. Bread and Mayo only. If you like mayo its actually not that bad. Slap in a slice of cheese and its even better.

Anonymous said...

1) The family from chad must raise their own sheep. Notice the dozen 5 gallon jugs of water.

2) It's amazing how alike the world is. We all care about giving our family what we feel is both filling and affordable.

3) USA is listed twice because there are 50 states and a few dozen sub cultures.

4) A basket of weekly edible groceries in California is $200+.

5) What, no Russia or India or Isreal/Palestine? I'd like to see what a country like Iceland eats. Not a lot of fresh fruits/veggies I bet.

6) Notice the global food market. Lots of Coke, General Mills and

7) Lots of bananas, avocados, etc that are mostly grown only in far lands.

8) WTF with the 12 loaves of bread in Italy? I mean what? A fresh loaf for lunch and another for dinner?

Anonymous said...

Just to say, I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be an AVOCADO mayonnaise sandwich. Ignore the comma. I'm English, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm From Kuwait ... and the it's correct we mostly eat RICE .. there is a dish we call it (MaSh-Boos) it consists of yellowish rice, with Meat or Chicken ...

so the main food we eat is always (rice, meat, chicken, shrimp, fish) .. the table is NOTHING without these stuff lol ..

I like this article :)

Swisstoons said...

How do I finagle a dinner invitation to the Al Haggans' house? I love Chicken Biryani and Basmati Rice. But for healthy eating, give me just about any of the diets above...except for the Americans, the Germans and the Brits. Ain't you folks ever hearda vegetables?

ctbails said...

Quote: "It's actually pretty sad as you go further down the line..."

That depends on your definition of sad. Many of the families further down the line are eating fresh vegetables and almost 100% non processed foods. Compare that to the families up top who are eating almost everything out of a colorful bag filled with chemicals.

In the USA, for the first time ever, this generation of children is not expected to outlive their parents, mostly in part to diet.

Jeana said...

the point is- look at the amount of people in each family, and how few ppl in a family eat alot of food, and big familys have to eat very little
shows how we waste food in America and eat for pleasure rather than surviving

Anonymous said...

interesting article... The poorer the country is the more humble they appear to be. Americans can learn a lot from seeing beyond themselves and try adopting the "less is more" perspective.

crack up! said...

cracked me up so hard when i saw comments about the mayo sandwich hahahahahahahahahahahaha

qed said...

"The U.S. is listed twice because we are two times better than all the other shitheads on the list. USA! USA! USA!"

This reference to shitheads remainds me of this American anti-immigration protester carrying a sign that read: "Speak English you MORANS".

Anonymous said...

It's sad the way we treat others.. the American and European lifestyle is actually killing other human beings.. Zeitgeist Everybody Now.. Educate yourselves!! (by the way I'm Azorean, look it up) and my name is Tomas Samora

Anonymous said...

I live in britain and eat mostly rice, pasta, eggs, beans, bacon, sausage, black pudding, bread, beef and chicken. the odd fruit or vegetable as well. not that crap in the photo, ha, they're posh idiots.

Anonymous said...

I think this article is brilliant, very thought provoking

MJ said...

I'm British and would never dream of eating half the crap that family eats. Then again, I am vegetarian (couscous be cheap, y'all!) and live with a flatmate who buys her own stuff, so I only spend about £15-20 a week on food. Then again, when I was younger and lived with my mum and two children, we didn't spend all that much or eat that much processed crap either. Organic food is expensive, but fresh fruit and veg actually doesn't amount to that much, especially if you wait until the market stalls are coming to an end and get fruit and veg then, as most sellers are keen to push their produce for cheap since it'll just get thrown away otherwise. Frozen fruit and veg are cheap too, but still healthy. Much healthier than a mayonaise sandwich, I bet.

Anonymous said...

Westerners are basically gluttons.

Anonymous said...

Family size difference makes it harder to compare and food culture is not necessarily a national thing but more divided by urban, rural or seaside and the type of agriculture the soil allows.

for some reason the German is to me the most honest and wholesome of the urban environment... and the most expensive.

as for diversity I think the USA has better examples than North Carolina vs California..
3 pieces of broccoli as the only fresh veggies for the week.... oh my, oh my..

Steve said...

Many of us are omitting the fact that many of these families who spend so little money on food, in fact grow their own food. Boom. Blew your mind.

Anonymous said...

this was in the museum in Quebec City!!

Anonymous said...

the ecudador family looks very happy :)

Anonymous said...

Gotta point out, as a couple others have, that living in a city or desert region in the United States makes it VERY difficult to buy fresh fruits and veggies for anything like a reasonable price. I live in Phoenix, AZ- so both a desert and a large city. I also come from a family of 9 (7 kids) and I know the difference between eating affordably and eating healthily. 98 percent of the time, the two don't line up. It's very sad, but very tru.

ItsAllGood said...

very interesting. some of the lower classes- for example, egypt- have mainly all fresh produce.

Anonymous said...

Neither of the USA families are representative of this country. Colored people and illegal immigrants are not real Americans.

Anonymous said...

What a GREAT photo essay. Thanks so much, really make you think! Great fun. I shared on FB!

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