Kids from different parts of the world photographed with what foods they eat in a week
We all know that what you eat is pretty bloody important. And, to be fair, we all probably know that healthy eating habits start when you’re young. Don’t get us wrong, we know that tastes evolve and loads of you blokes and blokettes became more adventurous with food as you got older, but if you look at ‘make sure you eat some veggies’ as a concept rather than talking about the specifics, it’s pretty hard to argue with.
One bloke who’s mad keen on this idea is Gregg Segal. This dude has spent the last three years travelling the world and taking photos of everything kids from nine different countries eat in a week for his book, Daily Bread: What Kids Eat Around the World.
When asked why he focused on kids, Gregg said, “I focused on kids because eating habits start young and if you don’t get it right when you’re 9 or 10, it’s going to be a lot harder when you’re older.”
In his travels, he made it to the USA, India, Malaysia, Germany, France, Italy, Senegal, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil. What we like about that is that it’s a pretty varied group of countries with some pretty different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to explore.
In an interview with My Modern Met, Segal said, “Globalization has had a huge impact on diets around the world. Two quick examples from countries I visited, Brazil and the UAE. A generation ago, Brazil’s poor were underfed. Today, 57% of the population is overweight. In 2014, there were 803,900 diabetics in the UAE—about 20 percent of the population. 30 years ago, diabetes barely existed in this part of the world.
We’re at a tipping point. The balance of what most children eat now is dramatically moving away from homemade stews and vegetables towards ultra-processed packaged foods and snack foods, many of them designed to appeal to children.”
Final thought: We’re pretty sure that you all know as well as we do that he’s probably right about this. We also know it’s probably a bit worrying. The thing is, it doesn’t feel as easy to eat right as it should. And because we feel like that, it’s probably not gonna stop anytime soon. Damn.
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