I Know What I Eat, What Does the World Eat?

I like to eat, perhaps a little too much. Sometimes I eat healthy, sometimes I shove my face with a Bacon Habanero Hamburger from McDonald's.

It is amazing to see the differences in diet within our own country. Sure, there are many similarities, but there are different staples and go-tos within each regions. But what about the rest of the world? Have you ever sat down to think about what people like you eat in Norway? What about people who live in extreme poverty? What are those people able to eat day in and day out?


In 2013, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio traveled the world with a mission. They wanted to look at the average family across the world. What did they eat in a given week? How much did it cost to feed the family? What were their favorite foods? The results were a collection called "Hungry Planet" made up of intriguing and thought-provoking photographs. Their ultimate goal was to provide insight as to how culture and surroundings affect a family's food intake. These images were put on exhibit in The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. Check out more images from Hungry Planet: What The World Eats on time.com.


It makes me wonder - what would it look like to do this same project on a state level within the United States? Would we see much variation? Or would the trends and food be similar across the country?