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Photos of weekly groceries for families around the world

Which pile of groceries does yours resemble?


Tue. Jun 5, 12:24pm

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I can't see the link, but they had that in Time this week.
They had a few good articles on weight.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 12:37 PM

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Thank you for this link. I placed it in my notes - wildly interesting.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 12:52 PM

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WOW - that was amazing !!!

Interesting how they showed the difference in diet California - vs - Carolina (healthy fresh foods - vs - junk food).
The British one was also interesting, obesity in seriously on the rise in England and becoming a health factor just as it is the U.S. The brits had a ton of "junky" food.

One habit that i got into the habit of doing was buying groceries every second day, and going to markets for veggies. there is a great enjoyment in the planning and the preparing of each meal.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 12:56 PM

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From Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel

The pictures from that web site are from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel. It is a stunning book with a whole lot of fascinating stories about the families in the pictures and essays by people like Michale Pollan, Marian Nestle, and others. Definitely worth a look through...I read it cover to cover and it blew me away. There is such a range of eating patterns in the world.

I found the book at my local library.


Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 2:21 PM

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Thank you 2:21. Those photos did remind me so much of Peter Menzel's book Material World, but I didn't know about this book of his. Now added to my wish list. This set of pictures - and the book I'm sure - are interesting and revealing in so many ways.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 3:37 PM

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wow, it reminds me to eat fresh, natural food

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 4:10 PM

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I can't believe how much coke some people drink!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 4:48 PM

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my favorite is all the beer in the germany picture (allemangne) - do you think the photographer purposefully picked stereotypes, or just randomly picked people and used what was most representative?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 6:07 PM

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Wow, apparently I eat like a Kuwaiti. Seriously, Kuwait and Egypt (2 countries I've never visited, and am not particularly interested in visiting) have groceries that look the most like mine. (I'm a US citizen in the US.) Weird.

BTW, I think the Cali family had as much junk food as the "Carolina" (which state is that?) family. That Post Raisin Bran, for instance -- yeah, it says "bran" on the front, but it's all sugar.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 6:17 PM

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Yes but if you close at the Carolina you can see the fast food items (take out pizza), McDonalds, Burger King as being part of their diet

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 6:21 PM

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I would say mine currently looks most like Kuwait or China. Mostly healthy stuff with your occasional bad thing in there. Before it probably looked alot more like the people from California, lots of good food but a whole lot of not so good food mixed in there too. Definatly interesting thanks for posting. What I think is so interesting is how little they show for the people from Chad and how much some of the other countries have by comparision, it definatly makes you think about how little you truly need to survive and how little some people have.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 6:38 PM

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food around the world

Wow, that link sure helped put things in perspective. So much so that I've been wanting to post about my philosphy on "how to do it". I've seen enough Oprah, talk shows, watched trainers, etc., to know what is the right thing to do. The following is what I sent out to others in my personal e-mail (family and friends):

I found this interesting link on my support group website, I joined this community in order to avoid surgery, as the prospect frightens me severely. As well, rather than bore people with reports of weight log progress, I can share my thoughts with others like me, and have developed the discipline to log in every day and account for my food and exercise intake.

I've only visited the gym once this year, and it was tough (that was the other day). Looks like I'll be back soon, and more often. I've lost 39 lbs. out of a goal of 250 lbs., so I'm on my way.

Besides improving on my exercise habits, I have vowed to revert back to the sensible way my friend and trainer Andrew taught me: no sugar, no salt, no fat -- AND at every meal have protein, fiber, and calcium. A lot of self-control can give you license to small and infrequent indulgences!

~Patty (aka wahine)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 6:46 PM

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I went and checked this book out of the library last night, it is soooo interesting.
I like how it breaks down the obesity rate of each country, the life span, diet, etc. Makes me realize how much processed food we eat and how little veggies and fruit.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 5:05 PM

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