Daily Calorie Intake

This is a spread I put together for an architecture studio project in my 4th year studio. Two studios worked together to create a book all about farming and how it relates to different aspects of the world as a research study before beginning our next design project.


This spread talks about the disparity in the world in daily calorie intakes. The United States consumes the most calories per day on average at 3770 while Burundi takes in the least average calories a day at 1628.


The word bubble comments on the US spending 250 million dollars a day on obesity related diseases and 109 million dollars on weight loss programs...but only 5.5 million a day on global food aid.


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  • Slava V. 7y

    Thank you for releasing this shot under CC license. Just wanted to let you know I've selected to display this image at 'Weight Loss' news page (it's my hobby site), full attribution and link to you is provided. Thank you once again.
  • Patatedouce 6y

    It would be nicer if you had also included some first world countries that don't stuff their faces - they do exist. Japan for example, at 2084 average calories per day per capita (statistics from late 80's during the economic boom). Probably about the same now, if not less due to the recession.

    The injustice shown in your chart may well have some justice to it after all: recent research has linked low calorie intake to longer life expectancy. All those obese Americans will die much sooner. Centenarians who were studied in different parts of the world all have much lower calorie intakes than the average for their own countries.
  • Lauren Manning 6y


    You seem to have missed the point of this image. I wasn't trying to comment at all on what first world countries eat compared to other first world countries. The point was to show the disparity between the two sides. Its an information graphic based on facts and numbers. The numbers point out the huge difference between the hungriest people in the world and the least hungry - which was what I was focusing on.
  • Santa Cruz Artizen 5y

    On March 20, I will begin a 21 day series on World Hunger. I write for www.cchronicle.com and think your two images Daily Caloric Intake and World Population Growth may be valuable to include. While I haven't yet figured out how I would be incorporating your images (still working on the overall plan), I am requesting your permission to do so. With your permission, I will provide all the necessary credit. I'm also curious to know the references for the Daily Caloric Intake- if you're willing to share. Can I assume this data was collected in 2008?

    Thank you,
  • Colin Purrington 5y

    This is a thing of beauty. Would be great bookmark to mass produce and leave in libraries around the world.
  • Colin Purrington 5y

    What I'd love, though, is a similar graphic for how many calories are needed to maintain weight, scaled by height and assuming a constant BMI of 19. All the online "caloric need" calculators ask for weight, which always struck me as kind of silly. Anyway, might be a fun graphic. Could make a blue/pink part so that males and females could be on same card. You'd have to decide on activity level, of course. Anyway, just a thought in case you use your designing skills for public good as in the above.
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