How Calorie Counts Vary Around The World

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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.

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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.

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Saleh Abdul Fadlallah (Egypt), 3200 calories

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Rick Bumgardener (Tennessee, USA), 1600 calories

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Curtis Newcomer (Fort Irwin, California), 4000 calories

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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.

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Visit Menzel's blog here.

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

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Princess Leela

Odd how all those who made "ZOMG no way fat guy only eats 1,600 calories a day!"-type comments seem to be operating under the assumption that people's weight and food intake remain constant forever and must always correlate exactly. I saw the pic and the caption and my immediate assumption was that he must be trying to lose weight — I don't say this to be smug, but because I've adjusted my own food intake over the past year as I try to be healthier, so I guess that's where my mind was at.

ETA: If you go through the whole Time magazine photo gallery, it's really interesting how from an American POV, some of the calorie counts sound SUPER high for the people to weigh what they do. It shows so clearly how it's not just about calories, but that the prevalence of processed foods and differing levels of physical activity in various cultures also have a major effect on body weight.