Photographer Peter Menzel went around the world and visited households to see what a week’s worth of food looked like for the average family. Let’s start here in America.
Now, using that as a baseline, here’s a week in Italy.
I don’t think its going out on a limb to say the American diet really sucks. Tons of packaged and processed food. I feel my cholesterol levels rising and my blood pressure rocketing just looking at a U.S. table that’s accentuated by Burger King, Dominos and McDonalds. When I came back to the states after seven years in Europe, the overwhelming portions of fat and grease at the average restaurant literally made me sick. As in throwing up in the toilet sick. The only thing I can handle at a McDonalds these days is the Happy Meal: a cheeseburger, a half portion of fries, a small drink and a small package of apple slices. Can’t forget the toy.
And I’m not surprised when I look up the life expectancy for the two countries. Turns out Italy ranks 10th in the world at 81.95 years, according to the Web site geoba.se.
The United States comes in at No. 53, with an expectancy of 78.62.
Before we go, let’s take a look at a week’s worth of food in one more country: Chad.
I figure the life expectancy here is going to be pretty bad, and geoba.se confirms that. Life expectancy in Chad is 49.07 years. Dead last at No. 228 on the planet. If I lived in Chad, I would have been dead for the past nine years.
The contrast between the three countries, and what we put in our mouths, should give Americans pause. The U.S. is the richest country in the world, and we’re dying because we eat crap. Chad is the poorest country in the world, and its citizens are dying because they’re starving. This is shameful.
For more photos from around the world, go to this link at Nutrition News. For the life expectancy figures, check out this link at geoba.se.