Everyday Energy: What People Around the World Eat on a Daily Basis

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37-year-old Ecuadorian mountain farmer, 5’3”, 119 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 3,800 kcal. Food staples: Empanadas, barley flour soup, roasted potatoes, plantain, hard brown sugar mixed with hot water.

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45-year-old American NASA astronaut, 6’0”, 205 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 2,700 kcal. Food staples: freeze-dried foods, granola bars, split-pea soup with ham, vanilla pudding, tuna salad spread with crackers.

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32-year-old Tswana mother living with HIV/AIDS, 5’5”, 92 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 900 kcal.

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20-year-old US Army soldier, 6’5”, 195 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 4,000 kcal. Food staples: Instant ready-to-eat meals, Gatorade sports drinks.

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38-year-old Maasai herder, 5’5”, 103 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 800 kcal. Food staples: Maize meal, milk

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47-year-old Spanish shepherd, 5’7.5”, 154 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 3,800 kcal. Food staples: lamb, cured pork belly, baguette, omelet with canned tuna, Mahou Clasica beer.

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54-year-old Tennessean former school bus driver, 5’9”, 468 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 1,600 kcal. Food staples: Quaker Simple Harvest granola bars, iced tea with Splenda sweetener, Lean Pockets stuffed sandwiches, steamed broccoli, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest whole wheat blend pasta.

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51-year-old Vietnamese rice farmer, 5’4”, 110 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 2,500 kcal. Food staples: Rice noodles with fish sauce, pork back, eggs, white rice, green tea.

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21-year-old Minnesotan The Mall of America staffer, 5’7”, 130 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 1,900 kcal. Food staples: Burger King Chicken Fries and french fries, Taco Bell tacos, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew Baja Blast.

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40-year-old Egyptian camel broker, 5’8”, 165 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 3,200 kcal. Food staples: Eggs with butter, fava beans, country bread, potato chips, feta cheese, soup, rice, black tea.

Photojournalist Peter Menzel and his wife, Faith D’Aluisio, have spent the last ten years exploring the global cultures of food and diet. After photographing families with what they ate over the course of one week in Hungry Planet in 2005, the duo traveled to over 30 counties to document what individuals ate on an average day. The resulting book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, shows subjects with their daily food along with information on their age, occupation, height, weight, caloric intake, and other details. The project highlights not only the stunning variety in diets around the world, but also how larger issues of energy consumption and industrialization affect cultural norms. 

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sometimes recovery is slipping up. it’s missing a meal, or purging or giving into exercise thoughts. sometimes it’s hiding away in your room because your embarrassed. sometimes it’s really not wanting to eat or gain weight or recovery at all. it’s feeling like absolute shit, and torn between decisions. it’s the constantly battle of whether to continue recovering or not. 

it’s a struggle. it’s lapsing sometimes. but the most important part of recovery is trying again. it’s falling down and getting back up again. it’s never giving up.

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