How Calorie Counts Vary Around The World


We recently learned of a new photo project by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio documenting individuals’ daily meals across many countries. While the former post gave averages, the photographs in Menzel and D’Aluisio’s new book, What I Eat, offer data points. What one person reported eating in one day. They are suggestive of the range of caloric intakes, intersecting with genetics and physical activity, that make each individual body unique.

Menzel and D’Aluisio, through Tawanda Kanhema, gave us permission to share these three examples with you; you can see a larger sample at TIME.

Saleh Abdul Fadlallah (Egypt), 3200 calories

Rick Bumgardener (Tennessee, USA), 1600 calories

Curtis Newcomer (Fort Irwin, California), 4000 calories


For more from Peter Menzel, visit our posts on family food for a week and family belongings across the globe. And also see Mark Menjivar’s You Are What You Eat.

Visit Menzel’s blog here.

This post originally appeared on Sociological Images. Republished with permission.

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