California-based photojournalist Peter Menzel and his wife Faith D'Aluisio spent three years traveling to over 30 countries in order to study the eating habits of countless people. Their hard work culminated in a compelling book called What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets that documents the diets of 80 people from all over the globe, including such diverse types as a Japanese sumo wrestler, a Massai herdswoman, an Arctic hunter, a Sudanese refugee in Chad, a Tibetan yak herder, a Bangladeshi factory seamstress, and a wounded Iraq war veteran, to name a few.

The viewer is treated to a delightful visual and textual feast in the form of images and information. In each profile, a photograph of the person surrounded by their typical diet is accompanied by the subject's biographical information, daily caloric intake, a detailed breakdown of the meals, texts about their life, and brief essays on food politics and endless, cultural obsessions with diet.

What I Eat provides an insightful look at the lives and eating habits of people from all around the world, shedding light on not just food and diet, but also cultural similarities and differences. It's truly fascinating to learn how consumption differs from country to country and across different occupations and socioeconomic classes. According to the authors, the book "reveals the implications of the modern diet for our personal health and for our planet while challenging the tacit assumptions hidden in our daily fare."

Above: Camel broker Saleh Abdul Fadlallah from Cairo, Egypt. Daily caloric intake of 3,200 calories. 40 years old, 5-feet-8-inches tall, 165 pounds.


University student Chen Zhen from Shanghai, China. Daily caloric intake of 2,600 calories. 20 years old, 5-feet-5-inches tall, 106 pounds.


Baker and confectioner Robina Weiser-Linnartz from Cologne, Germany. Daily caloric intake of 3,700 calories. 28 years old, 5-feet-6-inches tall, 144 pounds.


Farmer and mother Maria Ermelinda Ayme Sichigalo from the village of Tingo in central Andes, Ecuador. Daily caloric intake of 3,800 calories. 37 years old, 5-feet-3-inches tall, 119 pounds.


Inuit soapstone carver Willie Ishulutak from Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. Daily caloric intake of 4,700 calories. 29 years old, 5-feet-9-inches tall, 143 pounds.


Freelance computer graphics artist and internet gamer Xu Zhipeng from Shanghai, China. Daily caloric intake of 1,600 calories. 23 years old, 6-feet-2-inches tall, 157 pounds.


Neil Jones, Director of Operations at the CN Tower, from Toronto, Canada. Daily caloric intake of 2,600 calories. 44 years old, 6-feet-2-inches tall, 220 pounds.


Taxi driver Din Memon from Chicago, Illinois. Daily caloric intake of 2,000 calories. 59 years old, 5-feet-7-inches tall, 240 pounds.


High school student Katherine Navas from Caracas, Venezuela. Daily caloric intake of 4,000 calories. 18 years old, 5-feet-7-inches tall, 157 pounds.


American long-distance truck driver Conrad Tolby. Daily caloric intake of 5,400 calories. 54 years old, 6-feet-2-inches tall, 260 pounds.


Widowed farmer Lan Guihua from Ganjiagou Village, Sichuan Province, China. Daily caloric intake of 1,900 calories. 68 years old, 5-feet-3-inches tall, 121 pounds.

Peter Menzel Website
via [Amusing Planet]

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