The biggest sporting event in the world is almost over! The World Cup, hosted by Brazil, is considered (outside of the Olympics) to be the most significant international competition going today. The best soccer players from all over the world gather every four years to battle it out for bragging rights and the distinction of being the best soccer team on the planet.
Oddly enough, the World Cup makes me think of an article I read last year that examined diets of families from different parts of the world — countries like Mexico, China, Poland, the United States, and many more.
One of the most glaring differences is the type of food people in different countries eat. Some families eat a high amount of process foods, such as corn dogs and frozen pizza, while others eat more vegetables and grains. Another disparity, as you may guess, is the cost of food. On average, a Texas-based family spends $242 per week on food, while a Mali-based family spends $30… and that’s for a family of 15!
The World Cup brings together different countries for one common goal. But it’s always intriguing to consider how different cultures and countries do things differently, especially when it comes to food. With the world’s obesity rate rising, it’s a good time to see the effect food choices have on weight and health, and, of course, what can be done to strive for better health. Now, that’s a goal we can all shoot for!
What’s your goal?
Links: Time, BoredPanda