May 7, 2013

15 Photos Of A Week Of Groceries From Different Countries Around The World

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What is the issue?

Whenever I go grocery shopping I always get just enough food to last for a couple days, mostly because I don’t know what I’m going to want to eat on Thursday if today is Sunday. But when I was growing up, my mother used to take us to the grocery once a week because that was the only time she could go. We stocked the car with bags and bags of treats and stuff, but mom always warned that if me and my sister ate all the fruit snacks or Pops or Pop Tarts or whatever, that was it until the next week.

Grocery shopping — what we buy and where we go — is a rich sociological activity that has a lot to say about our upbringing, our tastes and habits, and our social class. American photojournalist Peter Menzel launched a fascinating photo essay on what a week’s worth of groceries looks like around the world. The series is definitely eye-opening, not least because it shows the peculiar dietary habits of people in 20 countries around the world but because it shows how prevalent American food products are, how healthy people eat based on their country, and it really puts First World Privilege in check.

Guess which country is the most unhealthy of the bunch?

Australia

Australia

Lot’s of processed meat and processed foods in general. But, at least they’re getting plenty of water I suppose.

Bhutan

Bhutan

Every thing up in that piece is FRESH.

Canada

Canada

No diet is complete without Eggos, Sour Patch Kids and Frosted Flakes.

Chad

Chad

This one will put everything you eat in perspective.

Ecuador

Ecuador

Forget Subway — THIS is how you Eat Fresh.

France

France

And peep what’s at the center — a nice, bouteille of wine!

Germany

Germany

65% of the things in this image are pourable. There are 25 bottles of alcohol.

Guatemala

Guatemala

Those are some big-ass carrots.

Great Britain

Great Britain

It’s starting to seem like the richest countries have the least healthy eating habits. Nearly everything in here is packaged.

India

India

Looking good so far.

Italy

Italy

Seems like Italy’s diet is all bread and pasta. So basically all carbs and their obesity rate is STILL less than the United States.

Mali

Mali

Another one to put it all in perspective.

Mexico

Mexico

Now I understand: the Mexican diet is fresh fruits and vegetables PLUS Coca-Cola. It’s sort of scary how pervasive American food products are in other places.

Mongolia

Mongolia

Seems OK. Not as green as some of the other places. LOTS of eggs.

USA

USA

Ah, the United States — land of bulk-buying, Costco and BJs, where bacon, pizza, McDonald’s and potato chips are full balanced meals. Look closely and see if you can spot anything fresh. Obesity rate: 30.6% TC mark

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