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?
Lot’s of processed meat and processed foods in general. But, at least they’re getting plenty of water I suppose.
Every thing up in that piece is FRESH.
No diet is complete without Eggos, Sour Patch Kids and Frosted Flakes.
This one will put everything you eat in perspective.
Forget Subway — THIS is how you Eat Fresh.
And peep what’s at the center — a nice, bouteille of wine!
65% of the things in this image are pourable. There are 25 bottles of alcohol.
Those are some big-ass carrots.
It’s starting to seem like the richest countries have the least healthy eating habits. Nearly everything in here is packaged.
Looking good so far.
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.
Another one to put it all in perspective.
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.
Seems OK. Not as green as some of the other places. LOTS of eggs.
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%