I don't know anything about the kind of food Chinese people have for breakfast, but if you want to know about western countries, in fact it depends on "cultural areas":
- In Britain, less and les people tend to have a traditional "cooked breakfast", i.e. fried or scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, fried tomato, toast with butter (or more likely margerine) and jam or marmalade, fruit juice, tea or (white - and usually weak) coffee.
Too long to prepare, too expensive. More and more people only have toast, and/or cereals.
- As far as I could see, in Germany and Hungary (and probably in their cultural sphere of influence), people also eat quite a lot for breakfast : bread rolls, butter and jam, toast, ham, salami, other 'delikatessen" (same in the Netherlands, at least it was in the hotel where I stayed a few weeks ago)...
- In France, most people don't eat much : bread and butter, more and more often cereals, but no meat or vegetables.
Interestingly enough, there is this article (+mp3) on the site of the BBC today:
'Aged 11, I was too big for Paris' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programme...nt/5110632.stm)
"She did not mention Parisiennes' real secret - living on black coffee and cigarettes - though it is a diet that appears to work for most, along with steely self-discipline."
Well, strong black coffee (fair trade coffee now), and a cigarette, that's been my breakfast for years. I stayed slim a long time, the beer belly only came a few years after 40, but that was not because of breakfast...
And what's a traditional Chinese breakfast like?...