Breakfast is just breakfast, right? Not really! Everywhere around the world, kids are eating very different things not only breakfast but also for lunch, dinner and everything in between.
For a project he calls “Daily Bread,” photographer Gregg Segal showcases how our diets vary around the globe.
He set out on a journey around the world to document exactly what the next generation is consuming. He asked each kid to write down every item they ate over the course of one week and then he staged a final photograph with the kids who were then surrounded by these respective food items.
Some of these kids were staged amongst food that was all natural, no plastic packaging in sight, and for others, processed food made up the bulk of their weekly intake. Most had a mix of both:
This is Asma and Fatima, two Moroccan–Emirati sisters living in Dubai:
This is Sira from Dakar in Senegal:
Sira Sissokho, photographed in Dakar, Senegal with what she ate in a week. In 2015, Cambridge University conducted an exhaustive study, identifying countries with the healthiest diets in the world. 9 of the top 10 countries are in Africa, where fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and grains are staples and most meals are homemade. #whatkidseat #dailybread #homemade #wholefoods #diet #nutrition
This is Ademilson. He traveled from a village of 200 families in the state of Goias to Brasilia for this photo shoot:
Ademilson Francisco dos Santos, who traveled from Vao de Almas, a village of 200 families in the state of Goias to Brasilia for this Daily Bread shoot. Ademilson’s day is divided between school in the morning and farming in the afternoon; he helps his father harvest manihot (cassava), a staple of his simple, clean diet which is free of packaged, processed foods. Thank you @anaboquadi for helping make these pictures. #dailybread #foodculture #cerrado #cleanfood #whatkidseat #cassava
This is Soulay from Nice in France:
This is Yusuf from Dubai:
These two award-wining pictures are of Meissa from Senegal and Anchal from Mumbai, respectively:
This is Kawakanih, one of the very few remaining native speakers of the Arawaki language (Brasil):
Watakanih with what she ate in one week: fish from the Suiamissa River, tapioca and fruit - and very little else. No processed packaged foods. Worried about the extinction of her native language, Arawaki (only 7 fluent speakers remain) Kawakanih’s mother raised her daughter in isolation from those who didn’t speak Arawaki for the first 6 years of her life. Kawakanih is the first kid to be raised speaking Arawaki since the 1940’s! #dailybread #foodculture #indigenoustribes #ayawalapiti #xingu
This is Davi and he lives in a favela in Brasilia:
Davi with the food he ate in a week and his kite. The set is made from materials collected from the Santa Luiza favela in Brasilia, where Davi and his family live, a community of more than 12,000 with no drinking water, electricity or sewage network. #dailybread #santaluzia #brasilia #foodculture #whatkidseat #beansandrice
And this is the photographer’s own son, Hank:
Hank (my kid) with the food he ate in a week. My wife and I thought he had more green in his diet. We can do better. In the US, less than 1% of our calories come from veggies! 60% come from ultra-processed foods (ingredients you wouldn't find in your kitchen at home). #dailybread #whatkidseat #diet #nutrition #greens #processedfood
On his website, Gregg Segal explains that his decision to focus on photographing kids' diets rose out of the belief that eating habits that are formed in childhood will last a lifetime.
"I've been encouraged to find regions and communities where slow food will never be displaced by junk food, where home cooked meals are the bedrock of family and culture, where love and pride are sensed in the aromas of broths, stews and curries," he explains on his site.