Skip navigation
No more
Know more

What the British eat, by social class

Well-educated Brits are more likely to eat game birds than their compatriots, while meat pies are more popular with the British middle class. Among the wealthy, the best educated prefer polyunsaturated fats such as vegetable oils, those with less education use diet spreads, and the group in the middle cook with butter. Those with moderate wealth and education consume the most hard alcohol. Those with the least education and wealth eat more hamburgers, kebabs, whole fishes and whole milk, which might indicate the tastes of Britain’s immigrant population. And everyone likes pudding.

These and other conclusions are drawn from the chart above by the Centre for Diet and Activity Research in Cambridge. The size of each circle shows the relative, not the absolute, popularity of each type of food among each social group. So, for example, smoothies are much more popular among the British elite than they are in other groups, but that does not mean the United Kingdom’s wealthy and well-educated eat smoothies three meals a day.

Max Ehrenfreund | February 20 at 9:38 am
Know more: Coffee? Tea?
No more
Know more
America’s most stolen car: The Honda Accord?
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
A timeline of the scariest news stories that didn’t kill you
Ana Swanson
ADVERTISEMENT
No more
Know more
Undocumented immigrants, by the numbers
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
How to use math to eyeball distances
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Just how common are deportations?
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The earth is pretty much constantly pounded by asteroids
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
What drives terrorism around the world
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
A puny human’s graphic guide to the universe
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
A great big guide to what will probably kill you
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
If Amtrak were a subway system
Ana Swanson