Imagine what a picture of all the food you eat in a day would tell you about your eating habits. What about when you compare it to that of a neighbor, a person in another state, another part of the world?
That’s the idea behind Peter Menzel’s photo book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. After seeing the diets and accompanying lifestyles of cultures across the globe, Menzel and his wife and partner Faith D’Aluisio hope Americans will think twice before going for seconds.
“Every time we’d come back to this country we’d see our fellow Americans getting bigger and bigger,” says Menzel. “There’s a report in the newspaper every other day about obesity rates and how it’s impacting everyone’s bottom line with healthcare. Healthcare is so extremely expensive in this country because we’re treating the problem after the fact, rather than trying to do something about it before.”