A World Of Food

By Kim O'Brien

If there's one commonality that brings the world together, it's food. The manner in which food is consumed and dispersed, however, reveals vast differences between nations. The WEBstaurant Store took a closer look at global calorie consumption figures and their relation to income, rate of underweight and overweight children, and life expectancy. Click on the interactive World of Food graph below to view each country's data. The results may surprise you!

To view each country's results, click the image below:

Data Sources:

Calories Consumed refers to the average amount of calories available for human consumption per day. Note that the number of calories consumed may be lower than reported due to the amount of food waste that is not taken into account (particularly in countries with higher incomes per capita). Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAOSTAT)

Percent of Income Spent on Food is based off of each country's self-reported figures. Figures are obtained from random household expenditure surveys. Note that because these numbers are self-reported, accuracy of data is susceptible to bias. Sources: African Development Bank,U.S. Department of Agriculture

Rate of Childhood Obesity and Rate of Underweight Children figures are based off of independent country reports obtained by the World Health Organization. This data defines "overweight" as being 2 standard deviations above the national average and "underweight" as being 2 standard deviations below the national average for all children age 5 and under. Note that because these numbers are self-reported, accuracy of data is susceptible to bias. Sources: World Health Organization (Childhood Obesity), World Health Organization (Underweight Children)

Notes on Atypical Results:

Egypt: Figures reported for Egypt are atypical compared to other developed counties. This includes high rates of overweight children, underweight children, and percent of income spent of food. These atypical results demonstrate the disparity between developed regions of the country vs. impoverished regions in light of Egypt's economic crisis. As revealed in Calories Consumed figures, Egypt does have food available; however, economic instability has led to significant poverty increases that leave a large portion of the country unable to purchase food. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Mauritania: Figures reported for Percent of Income Spent on Food in Mauritania are also atypical. A possible explanation is the still widespread practice of force-feeding girls as part of a cultural bias towards obesity in women. Source: CNN Cable News Network

Map does not show results for countries with insufficient data.

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