Archive for December, 2007

I received this interesting study on food expenditures of different families around the world in my inbox today:

Japan : The Ukita family of Kodaira City
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

I’m not sure which agency conducted the study, but it is interesting to broadly compare these statistics across countries/communities/families.  Assuming that the study has sampled families of the same size, I wonder how various factors, such as food production and distribution, determine the into the final expenditures that each family must spend. Do these families live in communities that have large agricultural economies? Do they grow their own food? What kinds of foods are they purchasing? Are the foods processed? Do the expenditures include eating out at places like restaurants or fast food chains? Are any of the families living in communities that have high obesity rates?

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