Statistical Comparisons

Australia vs United States

Grace Brown, Abby Smith, Jackson Appelt

We chose to use these statistics below to compare Australia and the US diets for many reasons because they are good ways to show how the people of each nation grow food and which types of food they purchase and consume.

GDP Per Capita (US$)

The GDP Per Capita is determined by the overall GDP (Gross Domestic Product) or total wealth of a country divided by its population. It can be used as a statistic to show the average wealth of each person in the country.

This statistic influences what people eat in these two countries because it shows how much money that one person can have, which part of is spent on food. A country with a lower GDP Per Capita, and averaging less wealth per person, would have more people that can not afford more expensive foods.

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Obesity Rate

Obesity Rate is the percent of the population that is obese.

This statistic would influence what people eat in these countries because a country with a higher obese rate is likely to have more fatty, unhealthy, and processed food in their diets. It shows how healthy the people in the country would eat.

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Population Below Poverty Line

This statistic would affect what people eat because it would display the amount of people living in poverty that can't afford as much food or must buy less expensive foods.
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Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate is the percentage of the population that is unemployed

This statistic would affect what people eat because it shows the people that are not making money because they don't have a job and must mind what they buy to eat. These people must buy less expensive foods, and most likely more cheap and easy processed foods, causing them to be more unhealthy.

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Arable Land

Arable Land is a measure of the percentage of the total land area that is fully capable to farm on.

This statistic would affect what people eat in these countries because it shows the amount of land that people have available to them to be able to grow crops to sell to people. With more arable land, a country would have a larger agriculture industry and more people would be able to buy and eat healthy fruits and vegetables that can are grown on farms.

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This statistic would affect what people eat because it regulates the amount of people that a country must feed. If a country has a larger population, there is a higher demand to produce more food to feed everyone.
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Population Density

Population Density is a measure of the average amount of people living in one square kilometer.

This statistic would affect what people eat because it shows if countries are more commonly urban and highly populated or rural with less people, which would affect the amount of farming that is present in the country in rural areas. This would change how much organic food was made in the country and thus how much was sold and eaten.

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Works Cited

"Australia: Country Overview." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2000. Web. 17 Sept. 2013. <>.

"Australia." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2013. Web. 17 Sep 2013.

"Central Intelligence Agency." The World Factbook. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2013.

Ember, Melvin, and Carol R. Ember. "Australia." Countries and Their Cultures. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001. N. pag. Print.

Menzel, Peter, and Faith D'Aluisio. "One Week's Food in January." Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. Napa, CA: Material World, 2005. N. pag. Print.