TEDMED: What the world eats – The Chart - CNN.com Blogs
You might not think that the Asmat, who live in the jungle of New Guinea, would eat the same things as the average American college student. But nowadays, you might find both with a package Ramen noodles in hand.
Photojournalist Peter Menzel has found this trend all over the world: Regardless of environment and culture, many societies are turning to the fatty, sugar-rich foods of the West. And that, he argues, is a problem: The homogenized diet is contributing to obesity and related health problems.
In his TEDMED talk, Menzel discusses how the island of Okinawa in Japan has one of the highest percentages of centenarians in the world. Children used to be taught to eat until they are 80 percent full, because of lag time in communication between stomach and brain, he said.
But those longevity rates are slipping as young people adopt a Western diet and a less active lifestyle, he said.
Check out Menzel's stunning photos of food worldwide, as well as everything from robotics to weather, here: Galleries.
TEDMED is an annual event that brings together dozens of luminaries from a variety of fields to "demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and health care related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital." TEDMED 2010 will take place from October 26 to 29 in San Diego, California.
The Revis family in the kitchen of their home in suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, with a week’s worth of food. Ronald Revis, 39, and Rosemary Revis, 40, stand behind Rosemary’s sons from her first marriage, Brandon Demery, 16 (left), and Tyrone Demery, 14. Cooking methods: electric stove, toaster oven, microwave, outdoor BBQ. Food preservation: refrigerator-freezer. Favorite foods—Ronald and Brandon: spaghetti. Rosemary: “potatoes of any kind.” Tyrone: sesame chicken. /// The Revis family is one of the thirty families featured in the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (p. 266). Food expenditure for one week: $341.98 USD. (Please refer to Hungry Planet book p. 267 for the family’s detailed food list.)
The Ayme family in their kitchen house in Tingo, Ecuador, a village in the central Andes, with one week’s worth of food. Ermelinda Ayme Sichigalo, 37, and Orlando Ayme, 35, sit flanked by their children (left to right): Livia, 15, Natalie, 8, Moises, 11, Alvarito, 4, Jessica, 10, Orlando hijo (Junior, held by Ermelinda), 9 months, and Mauricio, 30 months. Not in photograph: Lucia, 5, who lives with her grandparents to help them out. Cooking method: wood fire. Food preservation: natural drying.
The Aboubakar family of Darfur province, Sudan, in front of their tent in the Breidjing Refugee Camp, in eastern Chad, with a week’s worth of food. D’jimia Ishakh Souleymane, 40, holds her daughter Hawa, 2; the other children are (left to right) Acha, 12, Mariam, 5, Youssouf, 8, and Abdel Kerim, 16. Cooking method: wood fire. Food preservation: natural drying. Favorite food—D’jimia: soup with fresh sheep meat.