The rich eat a lot and are therefore fat, while the poor eat little and are therefore thin... But is this really true? Western-style economic development has boomed over the last hundred years. It now extends, to varying extents, across the whole planet, muddying the waters in its wake. The rich of yesteryear, with their big round bellies, now, in the West, feel they need to be slim, but not in Africa and the East. The poor of today may be undernourished and therefore thin, but they may also be obese due to malnourishment. Rich countries are bursting at the seams with the overweight, but so are some poor countries. In short, centuries of regional and national food traditions are disappearing in the melting pot of globalisation.
Who eats what and how much does it cost them?
To get a better understanding of the factors that underlie daily eating habits in all four corners of the planet, below is a summary of the results of a survey that has been conducted by Nestlé in the kitchens of 55 countries(1) since 2006.