What the weekly shop looks like around the world

From boxes of pizza to tables of veg – you won't believe how much these vary

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The big shop. It can be a daunting task, but to be honest it doesn’t change much week from week.

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Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s easy to just eat the same meals on repeat, right?

But have you ever wondered what other families get?

Well, Peter Menzel and his wife Faith D’Aluision decided to see what average families from around the world eat on a weekly basis – and how much they spend.

Since 2006 they’ve captured the eating habits of 30 families in 24 different countries. They asked them to go shopping for a typical week’s worth of food (and paid for their purchases).

Their resulting book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats is fascinating – pictures have been shared on Imgur this week – and have got mixed reactions.

The above picture shows the Melander family of Bargteheide, Germany. The family of 4 spent £347.67 on their weekly shop.

“Wow…My family eats a lot less food than other families,” one reader commented.

“Are you kidding me!!! My family eats maybe x3 anyone there, not to mention all the food that we throw out. And we are only 5,” another added.

The Brown family from Riverview, Australia. Food for 7 people costs: £261.41

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The Revis family from North Carolina, USA. Food for 4 people costs: £237.76

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The Ukita family from Kodaira City, Japan. Food for 4 people costs: £220.57

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The Casales family from Cuernavaca, Mexico. Food for 5 people costs: £132.03

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The Ahmed family from Cairo, Egypt. Food for 12 people costs: £47.64

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The Ayme family from Tingo, Ecuador. Food for 9 people costs: £21.93

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The Aboubakar family from Breidjing camp in Chad, Sudan. Food for 5 people costs: 86p

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How does your weekly shop compare? Let us know in the comments below.

Photos: Imgur

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