What the World Eats

Submitted by: KikiPeepers 10 years ago in
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What"s on the dinner table for these 15 families across the globe?
There are 113 comments:
Female 920
Man oh man...
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Female 882
NO-ONE else has mentioned how the pole`s family dish was "pigs knuckles". where exactly are their knuckles? is this a blonde thing to say?

also, i think it would have been interesting to see a picture from a country such as Cuba, where hardly any american TNC products are found in the everyday Cuban home. There`d be no Coke or Pepsi, but TuKola instead. And lots of pork, potatoes, rice and kidney beans.

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Male 18
Europeans stereotype Americans as being fat and stupid, and yet we`re the only Super Power in the world...
How`d you guys manage to allow fat and stupid twits to control the world?
[note:I know we really don`t rule the world]
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Male 400
mmmm food...
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Male 108
kph ur a dumass germany dosnt spend there money on bombs
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Male 175
when you are on the Sicily one, take a good close look...... then click next....... spot the difference
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Male 777
mmm... Ulaanbaatar.

Well (embarrassed), at least the family from North Carolina had some grapes.
Wow, that sounded pathetic, even to me.

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Female 1,496
All of them except two spend WAAAAAY to much money on food. Do mexicans really eat that much drating sugar? I mean did you see all that crap? And the black family? No drating wonder blacks, and mexicans are gaining speed in being the fat bastards of society.

Don`t mind me. I`m just bitter cause all I have in my fridge is a half a packet of Splenda, a stick of butter with coffee grounds stuck to it, and one hairy tomato.

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Female 1,199
Pretty interesting stuff. I love seeing comparisons of how different cultures live (or eat in this case).
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Female 458
Die leb0guyy >:(

Checked out the other pictures when I was done with the first slide. Cool site.

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Female 553
I love how they show dog/cat food :|
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Female 604
[quote]On 6/15/2007 12:50:36 AM absolutmofo wrote: Btw, can anoyone confirm whether the eldest German child was male or female?[/quote]

Whatever it was, it was not very happy to be in that picture...

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Female 100
leb0guyy, this was just a story on a book, i`m sure other countries are in the book.
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Female 274
Stereotypes are funny. Like the Germans with the beer; and the Americans with the pizza.; and the Japanese with the sushi, etc etc.

Btw, can anoyone confirm whether the eldest German child was male or female?

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Male 4,546
America doesn`t give all that much to Africa unless you count Egypt, also according to Christian Aid:

"Sub-Saharan Africa is a massive $272 billion worse off because of “free” trade policies forced on them as a condition of receiving aid and debt relief."

Not to mention where your aid goes .. Since 1949, the US has given over $85 billion in aid to Israel to support their military. Similar to Egypt, and by comparison negligible amounts to Somalia/Ethiopia.

I`m not picking on the US, most of all foreign aid has "tags" to it, but when it comes to % of GNP/GDP /GNI given, you were the single stingiest industrialized nation on earth until 2001, now second worst to Greece.

Read sections 1-4. (Short).

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Female 1,984
"I have fast food less than once a week, and I have to say I live a pretty healthy lifestyle..."
UniGirl05... once a week is still pretty bad. I eat fast food five times a YEAR max.
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Female 1,984
I wanna try mutton dumplings. :)
Almost every picture had bananas... huh.
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Female 357
Oh yeah. The AMERICAN family eats the pizza.

Can we say steryotype much?

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Male 528
IslandLotus... just like the Americans? lol. You ever hear "American" and "Cuisine" in the same sentence? Plus "bad British cooking" is an old stereotype, as the UK has lots of world class chefs and stuff now.

O, and of course we dont have that either! *sarcasm*

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Female 1,596
o.o Germany spends the most money.
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Male 528
Besides, other countries eat like us, how about the German family with a table full of beer? or the Russian with a table of JUST candy?
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Male 528
^idiot

Anyways, we give TONS of money to poor Africa, its not our fault if it gets stolen by insurgents

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Male 108
BUSH SPENDS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON BOMBS CREATING DEATH SHOWERS WHILE 40000 CHILDREN DIE OF STARVAITION
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Male 108
bush spends millions of dollars on bombs tring to make the world better or something while there are people, in Africa starving
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Female 560
wow its so sad looking at the american familys compared to everyone else and its so sad how they have so much more fruits and vegetables then us
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Female 1,426
This makes me SO proud to be an American, land of the obese![/sarcasm]
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Male 19
Was it just me or was there too much Coke.
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Male 1,364
that made me hungrey
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Male 294
30.5% of americans are obese. And 64% are overweight. In the end, 46% are at healthy weights.
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Male 294
God, grow the f*** up. America is just a country, and people are people. Your stereotypes are beyond irrelevant.

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Female 239
There was that $500 family...with beer. Just lots and lots of beer if I`m not mistaken. I laughed at that.
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Male 58
hey where was the Canadian family? I mean, i guess our food brands and budgets and diets are pretty much the same as the American ones, (canadian entry would look similar) but still would have been nice to see a Canadian entry.

RPGillespie, I totally agree. there are people from every developed country that struggle with weight and eat fast food. Its definitely a sterotype to assume that North Americans (Canadians get that sterotype too) are all fast-food eating and overweight. North America has lots of people who eat too much, and we have our share of people who barely have any food as well. so nobody should sterotype us, these pictures dont apply to every family.

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Male 217
I bet the whole purpose of that post was to make fun of Americans because everyone knows that all Americans are fat idiots who eat McDonalds everyday for dinner. WRONG. In case you are a complete idiot yourself, that is what`s known as a stereotype. First of all, a very small percentage of Americans eat fast food every day. The reason everyone sees us that way is because our population is so big that it amounts to be millions of people that are obese and eat excessive fast food. I`m sure that there are British, Italian, or even Germans who struggle with obesity and eat fast food. Stop the stereotyping and find normal Americans to make example`s out of.
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Female 23
Mmmm, Go Cat and Bakers, yum. Apart from that I could live with the Baintrees.
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Male 4,546
Lol @ the UAE is rich off oil.

Sure, all we have is oil.

Well... unless you count:
We are the single most diversified Arab nation with only 15% of our revenue coming currently from oil, and Dubai actually exports less oil than Belgium. Our Aluminium industry brings in revenues at about a third of what the US + Canada do combined. (Despite having what I can only assume is ~250th of the resources).

Dubai is mainly tourism, not oil, and furthermore, we aren`t taxed. So our money isn`t sponged off the population either, quite the reverse. :P

In any case, I don`t get why you`re bringing it up. My only point was that out of context, you can just say "XXXXXX is the most charitable country".

It`s not like the US has no oil, isn`t one of the largest countries on earth, doesn`t have particularly arable land, doesn`t have the largest collection worldwide of untapped resources, etc.

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Male 2,513
I love the Italian, Mexican, and Chinese food allotment for the seven day span.

I know we are not allowed to post comments that are actually about the link but i`m trying something new.

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Female 576
wow. one family eats off of a dollar a week.
and others eat off of like 300 dollars.. wow.
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Male 141
True dat.
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Female 262
Some of you guys are really boring....Stop with the attacking of Americans and vice versa.....Of course you like the country you live in.....you`re living in it!

No need to make propaganda for your country, we know it`s great!

So for all you people with a low self-esteem....Your country is the best country in the whooooolllllleee world....

Now, quiet time! Just enjoy this site and stop arguing, you big babies!

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Male 366
lol @ the US one... chips stacked to the ceiling... :\

it was kind of interesting how the poorer people ate better. (healthier, not more...)

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Male 625
wheres london, england??!?? we want some toad in the hole and full english breakfast thats the poo.
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Female 2,084
amazing
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Female 331
Wow, I hadn`t heard of a lot of those places. And I can`t believe how little some of those families spent a week, you just don`t realise..

Shut up about the whole "dong" thing. We know you`re all horny teenage boys, you don`t need to laugh giggle about it.

I really can`t believe how little money they spent, though. Haha, the American and British families had so much packaging. :-D

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Female 80
Actually it`s becoming easier and easier to enlist as well.

Nobody should ever lower standards. If you`re not good or smart enough to get in, -W O R K harder-!

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Male 1,455
"Will everyone stop saying Americans are fat and stupid? I happen to be from America and eat my fruits and veggies everyday, I have fast food less than once a week, and I have to say I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. Everyone needs to stop taking this so seriously because it`s only a gross stereotype of all countries represented."

A. You still most likely eat more meat, sugar, and other crap than the fit members of other countries.

B. Americans are fat, greedy, and stupid. This evidenced by obesity (400lb 7-year-old, anyone?), Invasion of Iraq for oil, and the only reason why children don`t fail college testing is because the tests are being made easier and easier so more students pass.

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Female 37
Did anyone notice how many families had either Pepsi or Coke?
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Male 1,455
"Shutup big-boner and stop ejaculating from your mouth; America is one of the most charitable nations in the world, including whatever pretentious dwelling you may call home."

Yeah. Invading other countries for no reason is really charitable. Notice how originally they said `they have weapons of mass destruction` even though the CIA said they didn`t? Then when Bush finally figures it out, he changes it to War on Terror? We aren`t fighting a war for any reason other than American greed, so shut the hell up Suicism.

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Male 1,114
!! SpoonFork beat me to the dong comment, also, RMcT, it was the Beijing family who were the dongs. I mean seriously, keep your own name if y` get married to some dude called "dong", it`s all "I`m mr. Dong." ad everybody`s all "lol" >.<
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Male 598
Baalthazaq, no offence, but It helps that the UAE is rich off oil....
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Male 625
wheres london, england??!?? we want some toad in the hole and full english breakfast thats the poo.
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Male 250
[quote]On 6/14/2007 10:45:05 AM GeMiNi0587 wrote: Tonga 90.8 5.[/quote]

Tonga! My brother-in-law is from there!

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Female 80
Oh and also, no not all Americans are fat or stupid, but a very sad large majority of Americans ARE.

I`m rarely proud to say I`m American. Unpatriotic? Hell yeah.

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Female 80
UniGirl, I have to ask you: How often do you eat candy? How much meat do you eat a day? How big are those servings of fruit and vegetables? How often do you drink soda?

Our daily serving of meat is supposed to be about 4x4x1 inches thick. That`s IT. We definitely eat way more than that. We (the country) also eat a lot (I mean a LOT) of prepackaged foods. Those are generally -extremely- high in sodium (salt, the use of salt in daily cooking is pretty much nothing compared to the amount in packaged food/soda/etc.). We drink too much sugary drinks, get addicted to caffiene, drink a lot (drink light beer! It`s only got fewer calories, not less alcohol!), and our fresh fruits and vegetables? Well we barely touch them. Sure some people might eat more than others, but you can`t change other people`s eating habits. Just because you might eat more, doesn`t mean the rest of the country does.

I wish I ate healthier.

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Male 547
Where are some of these places (yes i know google it) it looks like Tingo is South America somewhere. And why does that one kid look so pissed in the last picture?
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Female 61
Boy do I get tired of all of the U.S. bashing on here lately. I know that our foreign relations aren`t what they should be right now due to the bozo in the White House, but seriously, there are good and bad people in all countries.
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Male 223
Oh Yeah not all British people are like those twats

Oh Yes "Geoffry I would love a prawn roostertail"
yeah no one is like them they look to rick
O_o WHO THE drat CARES oh yeah on that countries by fat percentage take out all the small islands think about it...

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Male 10
This is was their magazine a bit ago. To bad that didnt do my country
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Male 98
hmmm i know people are taking this lightly and laughing at the dong`s name.i don`t want to sound like a killjoy but i think it shocking to see such difference and inequality in the world
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Male 69
Let`s be honest...mostly anything the civilized industrialized world does as charity, particularly us Americans is done as a show. It`s our way of saying "We`re better than you." though none of us are. I honestly wish in a way we would start watching where some of our money goes and maybe help a few people back in the "greatest country on earth".
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Male 26
If anyone here takes these examples as hard facts about every family from each of these countries, than you are even more ignorant than you tried to make yourself out to be. This simple post was suppose to be just a "sneak-peek" of the different cultures around the world based on random families. There is no science here. There are families EVERYWHERE that eat foods that are NOT healthy--and those that ONLY eat healthy. Both sides cannot be represented with only this much information. Please, everyone, think before you type next time!
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Female 596
You can`t call someone or some country "fat" or "not fat" based on just what they eat.. It depends on so much more, like exercise and genetics and culture.

Being an average American, I know that a lot of people can`t eat right due to money issues. The prices of fruits and veggies, and organic food is astronomical. I see single parents with children who can spend $100 on enough healthy food for maybe 4 days worth of nutritous meals. Or they can spend $100 on cheap, quick to prepare food that`ll last them a good couple of weeks. And those parents can`t afford to take thier kids to the movies or anything on the weekend, so they do what they can and take them to McDonalds so they can have a treat and play in the playground there. It`s not healthy, but "Fat Americans" are trying to get by just like everyone else.

I have to spend $70 per week on healthy food just for ME. Some just cannot afford that.

..The racism is the one thing I don`t like about this

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Female 44
Will everyone stop saying Americans are fat and stupid? I happen to be from America and eat my fruits and veggies everyday, I have fast food less than once a week, and I have to say I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. Everyone needs to stop taking this so seriously because it`s only a gross stereotype of all countries represented.
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Male 274
wow now i feel dumb because of typos haha
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Male 274
yeah im american and yes i know were fat and dumb i on the other hand am very smart. now i know that you usually cant say that about yourself only if someone tells you it. but i am and ive been told. and i know theres a lot of f*cked things in this country. obesity, stupidity, extreme stupisity, and extreme obesity, and corrupt goverment cant forget the domestic spying and the oil....well ill leve you at that
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Male 274
i know you will BigBonny
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Male 274
"what i noticed is that every country except the US has a massive amount of fruits and vegetables...yet, we dont..i guess we`re not healthy
oh well" whats wrong with you here in america were fat ass stupid ass morons. im sure evryone from Europe will smile when they read this comment :)
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Female 155
500 a week on food? Wow.
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Male 114
looking at this kinda makes ya feel like a fat pig compared to the other countries, huh? :P

bigbonny - I see the words "american cuisine" and other variations of such, plenty. Funny how you say that although you`re british, and therefore would have far less authority in the subject compared to an american. "American cuisine" isn`t healthy, but is sure tastes good! :P steak, bbq`ed pork, seafood (course, that`s international), hot dogs, over-topped and overly-fatty pizza, chicken of different varieties (nuggets, strips, rotisserie, bbq) etc etc etc... pwndizzled

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Female 2,244
[quote]On 6/14/2007 8:08:19 AM RMcT wrote: lol.....the chinese family were the Dong family[/quote]

Maybe their kid`s name is Long Duk?

You`re probably way too young to get that but maybe some people will!

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Female 80
Dude, you can`t even spell weeks...
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Male 416
WTF, 1.26 doller each weaks ? it s*cks in that country. LOL germans spending that much... there really hungry, but I know in reality they just buy alot of beer.
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Male 1,371
does that thing mean 94.5% of people in Nauru are fat o_O.

(even 74% for america seems high I thought it was like 65).

also I was unaware they had ritz crackers in kuwai t ;d

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Male 724
I noticed how about 5 out of 15 had a box(es) of frozen / delivery pizza in them.
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Male 375
This is not a wake up call to anyone, anywhere, for any reason. If anyone truly believes that any of these 15 families is accurately representative of anything, you`re a fool.

You can`t take two families, look at what they eat, and generalize that the other 300 million people in that country are the same way.

Saying "Americans are fat/unhealthy/etc." is no different than saying "Blacks will steal your stereo," "Jews are stingy," or "Chinese people are lousy drivers."

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Male 2,216
IslandLotus... just like the Americans? lol. You ever hear "American" and "Cuisine" in the same sentence? Plus "bad British cooking" is an old stereotype, as the UK has lots of world class chefs and stuff now.
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Male 41
guess it`s a wake up call to the u.s........every other country has at least kinda healthy food but when it got to the u.s section there was all this unhealthy crap.....lol guess the americans are all gonna end up getting fat(well i guess fatter is a better word)heheheh
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Male 375
"my country is better than your country!"

"huh-uh!"

*blows raspberry*

geigh

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Female 410
After all this U.S. bashing, let`s not fail to mention that the Brits favorite food is a mayonnaise sandwich. We all know that the Brits are known around the world for their fine cuisine.
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Male 115
haha mexico had like 20 bottles of coke in the back
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Male 375
I think even the conversion to USD is misleading because I don`t think it takes into account market price variations from nation to nation. Nor do I think it accounts for standard of living figures. For instance, while it might seem impressive that a family can live on 5 USD/wk in food, their annual income might only be 1000 USD, but their food cost might be 1/100th of ours in the states. (I`m not sure if all these numbers jive, but I think you get the point.)

And, right now, the GBP is sitting at roughly 2 USD.

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Female 214
that last group spent $500 per week on food!!! wow.
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Female 173
Newsflash, not all Americans are fat. Honestly, I`ve noticed when going into grocery stores all that processed food, etc is way cheaper than anything healthy, making it hard for many of us who aren`t well off to eat very well.

Also, I found this. Countries ranked by how fat they are.

Rank Country %
1. Nauru 94.5
2. Micronesia, Federated States of 91.1
3. Cook Islands 90.9
4. Tonga 90.8
5. Niue 81.7
6. Samoa 80.4
7. Palau 78.4
8. Kuwait 74.2
9. United States 74.1
10. Kiribati 73.6
11. Dominica 71.0
12. Barbados 69.7
13. Argentina 69.4
14. Egypt 69.4
15. Malta 68.7
16. Greece 68.5
17. New Zealand 68.4
18. United Arab Emirates 68.3
19. Mexico 68.1
20. Trinidad and Tobago 67.9
21. Australia 67.4
22. Belarus 66.8
23. Chile 65.3
24. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 65.2
25. Seychelles 64.6

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Female 601
Lol, I like how every post that mentions America anywhere in it always ends up in a debate. Perhaps I should experiment with this phenomenon...

Anyway, I did notice the distinct lack of veggies on the Americans` tables, but I also noticed Ramen packages. Ramen ftw.

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Female 2,761
the Germans scared me! Look at the oldest kid and the moms eyes... ent
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Male 274
ha ha all the germans had was beer
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Male 643
The polish girl was cute.
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Female 35
Wow, that family who ate on 1 dollar a week. I generally don`t spend more then 50 a week for five, and I thought I was poor. They seem happy though.
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Male 85
One thing, the pound to dollar ratio they had is very dated... the dollar`s very weak at the moment, so it`s hard to judge how much each group spent.
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Female 170
I was suprised at the English family they had quite good food. I was expecting Turkey Twizzlers and Sunny D or whatever crap people eat lol.
Did anyone else think those tables look like "You are what you eat?"
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Male 37
lol.....the chinese family were the Dong family
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Male 4,546
By the way, half the world lives on less than 2 dollars a day.

Speaking of charity:
"The developing world now spends $13 on debt repayment for every $1 it receives in grants".

Which is why no matter what we think of Tony Blair`s other policies, his pushing to eliminate third world debt is something we should all be pushing for, especially saying as the people usually suffering have *nothing* to do with the loans:

"The poorer the country, the more likely it is that debt repayments are being extracted directly from people who neither contracted the loans nor received any of the money."

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Male 838
WOW! America goes in a way tottaly different from the rest of the world. Have any of you saw that too? American people should try the "The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp" DIET so they could get thinner! It would work i guess.
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Male 4,546
Some of those are cool.

About the Charitable America thing... sortof.
As a % of GDP though, you`re nowhere near as charitable as Japan or Denmark. Per citizen you fall even further behind against countries like here in Dubai because we`re high money, high expat, and low native population.

Not to mention you`re not saying whether you`re counting what the population gives away, or what the government gives away, or if you`re only counting nationally, or if you`re only counting internationally, or both.

If we`re just taking whatever numbers we want, I`d just pick land size.
You gave under $70`000 per square mile in all 2003 from the whole population.
We gave $312`000 per square mile in just one incident from a single donor.

Context is fun. :P

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Female 10
i felt sorry for the people in the 3rd world country ont here did u see how much they had??? hardly anything like n what do u do with oats??????and also they didnt show wales which is stupid. and i love how everyone on a add comment always end up arguing over something lmao
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Female 63
Wow. I don`t think I`ve ever seen that much food in my life, let alone in a week - even the family in Chad had more than I`ve seen in a week (although admittedly, I have a lot more water and much more variety). o__o""
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Male 97
^^^ i think the big-boner might have been the sarcasm....

and i wont say anything about Bonny being a girls name, but stop your bitchin.

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Male 2,216
Wow, someone`s calling me "Big Boner" and thinking it`ll offend me! lol.

And suicism, I come from Britain, you know, where the history comes from?

And I work for charity.

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Female 345
You`ve got to love the first US family ... pure stereotype: Fast food, blinding colours and no fruits/vegetables. Funny that money apparently doesn`t buy you good food compared to poorer countries. Then again all pictures are more or less stereotypical. Nothing you couldn`t expect.
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Female 89
How Much Did The Mexican Family Drink Coke !
Its Sad Going From One Of The American Families,
To One In Chad...
So Much Difference..
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Male 291
maaaaan.... my family must have been pretty poor living off a military paycheck. 100-150 dollars a week for a family of 5
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Male 1,142
why isnt ther a way to make sarcasm come across in type without looking like a nerd? had a great thing to say but without a sarcastic tone its pointless.
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Female 1,211
Yeah, real mature ^.

This was really cool, should have shown a little more variety (= little less Americans..)

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Female 26
I love the Ecuadorian family. They`re so smiley and lovely.
Did anyone notice how little the family in Chad live on? Compared to the other countries?

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Male 3,631
Shutup big-boner and stop ejaculating from your mouth; America is one of the most charitable nations in the world, including whatever pretentious dwelling you may call home.
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Male 298
lol to big bonny`s post. lol the first american one was heapso junk. lol 10th!
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Male 2,216
metter... not aware of world poverty then, eh? Well, you are American.

And yeah, everyone else has lots of fruit and veg, America just has brightly coloured packaging and crap, lol.

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Male 468
what i noticed is that every country except the US has a massive amount of fruits and vegetables...yet, we dont..i guess we`re not healthy
oh well.
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Male 1,016
1 dollar a week???

DUDE...wait....what??

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Male 1,385
hungry germans!
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Male 342
I thought it was nice, and its true food is cheaper in Mexico even though its the same stuff here in the US. Man I wanna go back to my pueblo now haha
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Male 1,265
Dong. lolz.
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Male 276
WTF is Tingo??
They didn`t even show Australia or Lebanon. Racist bastards.
We need pictures of meat pies and sausages.!!
LOL.FIRST!!
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Female 2,244
Link: What the World Eats [Rate Link] - What`s on the dinner table for these 15 families across the globe?
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