This is fascinating!!!!
Laura's posts's (this one and this one) on Pinot and Prose inspired me to look up an old email I had saved. Note! This was an email I receive some time ago. This was undoubtedly one of the most interesting e-mails I've ever received. Take a good look at the family size diet of each country. Notice the availability and cost of what is eaten in one week.
Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11
Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
United States: The Revis family of North Carolina (I sure hope most American families eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less junk food than this family!!)
Food expenditure for one week $341.98
Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09
Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27
Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53
Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23
Don't know about you, but right about now, I'm counting my blessings! It really is an eye opener for me!
I personally cannot believe that this is how MOST American's eat. Though I fear many may eat this poorly. I for one, know many families who eat a lot of vegetables and very little junk and I even know a few people who eat only at 5 star restaurants all the time. When they don't have time for that, it is a salad, fruit or power bar!
I did not know the origin of these photos prior to writing this post but did a quick Google and came up with this Times article. So it appears it is true and real people. They come from a book called "Hungry Planet" by Peter Menzel. All the photography is his. Please view more at his site here: http://www.menzelphoto.com/books/hp.html
I am still a little bit new about this whole blogging thing and unsure of the blurry lines with copyrights. If you know more and if I am in violation of copyright, please let me know and I will remove the images from this post and instead just provide the information and links. Thank You!!!