What I Eat Shows Us the Rest of the World's Daily Caloric Intake

Well, this is cool: A new book entitled What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets shows us photos of people from across the globe, pictured alongside all of the food they consume on an average day.

Each photo is accompanied by a short profile of its subject that includes his or her height and weight, and the amount of calories consumed over the course of the day. Everyone from a Massai herder (800 calories a day) to a British binge dieter (12,300 calories a day) shows up, and the variety of subjects provides fascinating perspective for our own, government-recommended 2,000 calories-a-day regimen.

The book is the work of Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, a husband-and-wife team whose previous book, Hungry Planet, showed what families across the world eat over the course of a week. Looking at the photos has the same allure as peeking into somebody else's grocery cart, with the added bonus that you can stare without getting caught.

[Via NPR]

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