Click here for a chart entitled "Diet for a Small Planet" by Alexandra Spunt. Spunt begins:
The world may be shrinking but we're all getting bigger. See how globalization is affecting the way we all eat--for better or for (mostly) worse.You may want to consider changing the way you eat, but if you do, you'd better discuss it with your kids first--they've grown up on fast food and abundance, and might not understand why you'd want to change.
A good way to get the discussion going is to borrow a book called What the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel, written by Faith D'Aluisio [J 641.3 MEN]. The photos present a clear picture of what families around the world eat in a week. The text provides information such as a comparison of the amount of money each family spends. For example, the Patkars, a family of four in India spent (in equivalent U.S. dollars) $39.27 for their week's worth of food while the three American families shown spent $159.18, $341.98, and $242.48! Other features of the book are recipes, fast facts about the countries, and charts.
If your kids balk at giving up fast foods, borrow one of these and share a few of the facts you'll discover within their pages:
Critser, Greg. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World. [362.1 CRI]
Sanna, Ellyn. America's Unhealthy Lifestyle: Supersize It! [616.398 SAN]
Schlosser, Eric. Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food. [YA 394.12 SCH]
Sorry, I didn't mean to put a damper on your holiday feast! Enjoy yourself this week, and next, and consider making changes in the new year!
Please note: the library will be closed starting tomorrow, 12/24, and will reopen again at 9:00 AM on 12/29. Happy Holidays to you all!