Simplifying Science

We Are What We Eat

Feeding our children is primary to parenthood. The instinct kicks in moments after birth, partly because when a baby sucks, she is soothed. And so we feed off of our childrens’ cues and they feed off of us, often quite literally.

As they grow, many parents feel stressed as they retreat into their own narrow feeding worlds, furiously working to nourish their kids several times per day. Babies’ diets expand from liquid-only to solid, but once toddlerhood arrives it of contracts from willing-to-try-almost-anything to rejection-of-what-feels-like-everything. Whether the palates of older kids are all-inclusive or crazy picky, our parental mission is honed: feed them. But what? How much? How often? How junky? How processed? The answers can be elusive.

These questions are global, experienced by parents in every corner of the earth. This amazing article previews a new book by Gregg Segal called Daily Bread. It pulls the lens back (precisely 12 feet in the air), documenting the foods kids consume across the world.

There is so much here to digest. But perhaps the most powerful theme is this: junk food in many parts of the globe is expensive, and therefore a rare treat; the opposite is true in the U.S. and many other industrialized nations, where highly processed foods are low-priced dietary staples. This book serves a beautiful visual reminder of the need for us here in the U.S. to flip our own food equation.

photo by Gregg Segal

photo by Gregg Segal

With childhood obesity on the rise and globalization homogenizing nutrition, photographer Gregg Segal set out to discover what a week’s worth of food looked like around the world. By focusing on the diets of children, whose lifelong eating habits are created in these formative years, Segal’s stunning photographs speak to themes of nutrition, class, and culture.

His new book, Daily Bread, spreads across 120 pages and details the stories behind the portraits. Each child was asked…READ MORE