Average weekly food consumption of families around the world

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Since first publishing this post I have been informed that these pictures were not just random photos in an email, rather these are the work of Peter Menzel Photography for a piece published in Time Magazine. There has been quite a stir from what I understand because many many people have been stealing these pictures from different websites and selling them as their own work.

As a wedding photographer I get a TON of email forwards be it about Napa weddings, or just random wedding locations like the Chateau Julien wedding location. In this case, my uncle sent out this email and I thought it was interesting. In each picture you get to see the weekly food intake for an average family of the country they represent.

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

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© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

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© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week $341.98

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© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

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© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

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© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

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© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

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© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

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© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

Food Consumption - Wedding Photographers Santa Barbara, Wedding Portrait Photography
© Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Pretty interesting?

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  • One thing that really strikes me is how much soda people are drinking.

    The other thing that strikes me is how much dead (processed) food we Americans eat. The pic of the North Carolina family has tomatoes & grapes - that's the only "real" food they're eating for the week. Kinda sad, I think. AND how much fast food they've got: Taco Bell, Burger King, McD's, KFC, and pizza! Hello!

    Anyways... very insightful!

  • Becky said:

    That is amazing. Not many fresh fruits and veggies for the US family. I was also stuck by all the soda consummation. (Don't get me started on soda and decay!) We take for granted all the variety we have, and the ability to have fresh produce year round!! Thanks Tim!

  • That is SO interesting!! Thanks for sharing. Mike and I had a blast with you last night!! Let's hang out soon for sure!!

    xo

  • sandig said:

    This post brings to mind one of my fav. books... Material World by Peter Menzel... it sits on my desk so that I never forget. It was published in 1994 by Sierra Club Books. It is a beautiful and thought provoking work. You should check it out... I think you would both really like it.

    Happy Holidays!
    Sandi

  • I just found out that these pictures were originally published in a story from National Geographic.

    Awesome, I'll have to check that book out! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Bob said:

    awesome

  • Janelle said:

    Thanks for posting this. It's actually embarrassing to look at the US family's food. Everything processed and pre-packaged and pre-cooked and just awful. I saw this several weeks ago when you first posted it, and it's been in my mind ever since. It literally changed my life in the way I shop, cook, eat, and think about food.

  • admin said:

    Hey Janelle,

    Awesome, I'm stoked that it made a difference for you! I really need to have it help me more...

  • Nicole said:

    These are truely amazing pictures! They really bring an alarming perspective to food consumption in our nation. It's embarassing to see that US families actually feel fast food is a staple in their weekly consumption. This nation has become so damn lazy; it's disgusting. And we wonder why our nation is overweight and plagued with diseases like obesity and diabetes. I hope one day our nation wises up, or there won't be a generation to carry on in our footsteps.

  • Vicky said:

    I belong to the Diversity Committee on our college campus. Is it permissable to print one or two of these pictures to put on our display board or committee website to call attention to the diversity in food, culture, and standard of living in different parts of the world? I think these pictures speak volumes.

  • admin said:

    Hey Vicky.

    Sadly, these aren't my pictures. I would have LOVED to photographed this assignment.

    I believe these pictures were originally in the National Geographic from what I've been told.

    Hope that helps.

    Blessings,
    Tim

  • admin said:

    Turns out these photos about food consumption around the world were photographed for Time Magazine.

    I'm glad these pictures are getting some attention through this blog post, but I hope that all credit is rightfully given to http://menzelphoto.com/

  • Stephen said:

    Its truly amazing pictures, its clearly suggest that the normal Indians are much less consuming than much of its equivalents.

    Mr. George Bush- The So Called President of America is Crying That The Rise in Price of Food is Because of Indians. Coz, They are Consuming More and More Food Day By Day…

    He should check this.
    The Union Finance Minister of Indian Union, Mr. P Chidambaram, has said that the average Indian food consumption is one-fifth of average American food consumption. and also added that President Bush' comment is an ‘ill-informed statement.’

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  • Mohamed Adan said:

    Why are we all focusing criticisms on the American family? I know America is everyones favorite punching bag, but that North Carolina family has a reletivly healthy and normal diet. I saw meat, veggies, bread, and soda. Look at the Mexican family! They have by far the unhealthiest diet.

    If you want to have your belly full, that will mean ignoring the suffering of folks like that family in Chad. This planet just cannot feed six billion people, some will have to starve, or eat a lot less.

  • this is crazy interesting you should get some more photos

  • Suga78 said:

    Its interesting to see how diet is affected by geographical location.

  • Melinda said:

    It's crazy how much we Americans take in...... look at some of the other families around the world and how much they have. It just doesn't add up! Most of us choose to take the "easy" way. Taco Bell and all other fast food, junk food, SODA! But the people in other countries have fruit and other things we SHOULD be eating! Too much waste! It's just CRAZY!!!

  • raz4125 said:

    These pictures tell me one thing; there is enough food in this world for everyone's need. No one should be starving!

  • Usaine Bolt said:

    wow thats epic fully didnt see that coming.....the chad..ians have nothing i didnt know that

    the americans eat way too much bad food and germans have heaps of wine.

  • Luke said:

    Great photos, absolutely fascinating. Its amazing to see the rich diversity of meals and their costs. Egypt is really putting the US to shame with that great produce and bread for a huge family at just over $60. It makes me want to move out of the country.

  • Gandalf the Green said:

    These highly biased photos are not in the least representative of reality. They suggest the World can be fed, but each of these countries has a growing percentage of poor, up to 10% or more. Almost all the families are overweight, but the least overweight are the healthiest, and would live longest if they could get medical care. Of 9 pictures one at least should be absolutely starving, one billion in a world population fast approaching 7 billion. Where is the water that each family drinks, only the Chad family appears to value it? The dollar values show that although one family can feed itself well on $5 the family spending $500 doesn't 100 times more 'value' . But as water runs out, it will be pollution that spoils the party.

  • Dina said:

    excellent comparission.... one thing that still hurts for me is that most of the comments by u.s citizens shows that they are worried "how less fresh food they consume"... but they forget to see the main picture "how less food" other countries consume when compared to you... still the same ignorance... all u need to care is just for u.... selfish as always!!!

  • Hello,

    Yes, you are correct these photographs are copyrighted by Peter Menzel and are from the book "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats" by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. Thank you for your acknowledgment.

    It's great to see people benefiting from these images but we would like to be properly credited. The credit that should be posted on the blog under the image is:
    © Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

    Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

    Jennie Kimmel
    Assistant
    jki@menzelphoto.com
    Menzel Photography
    www.menzelphoto.com
    http://www.amazon.com/Hungry-Planet-What-World-Eats/dp/1580086810

  • Heather Kingham said:

    Very interesting! Thanks for sending this information.

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  • NyNy said:

    Oh I loved looking at these pics. Lets all just remember though that in the US eating fresh is not cheap. I live in Bangkok right now and the food is cheap, for me but costs more for the folks who get paid Thai Baht. Also I'd like to say that I am pretty healthy. How HEALTHY is it really folk REALLY to live off of a few bags of oats. Skinny doesn't equal healthy, those folks looked malnourished. North Carolina isn't the richest state in the nation...but hey her boys look pretty active. As she no one in her family has a big blouted belly...cant say the same for the folks with all that beer on the table....guess no one saw any of that. I love spending money on good food when I go ou and when I eat in. I know where its from (i eat pretty natural and organic at home) and it tastes great. I will not feel bad about having a slice of cheesecake with my glass of wine to celebrate the end of another hard week at the job-o. Again thank you for sharing the pictures were great!

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  • not sure said:

    USA: So many pizzas and chips, supprised they are not fat
    Germany: more soft drinks, beer and juice than food
    Chad: not enough food i feel sorry for them
    Ecuador: curious, what are they living in

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