Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Japanese tighten their belts

A recent post of mine over on the Blog at

The Japanese tighten their belts

I didn't realize that Japan had enacted a law that will certainly improve it's economic malaise:

Under a national law that came into effect two months ago, companies and local governments must measure the waistlines of Japanese people ages 40 to 74 as part of their annual checkups. That represents more than 56 million waistlines, or about 44 percent of the population.

Those exceeding government limits -- 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women, which are similar to thresholds established in 2005 for Japan by the International Diabetes Federation as an easy guideline for identifying health risks -- and suffering from a weight-related ailment will be given dieting guidance if after three months they do not lose weight. If necessary, those people will be steered toward further re-education after six more months. (The Seattle Times)

Re-education?!? Isn't that how Pol Pot reduced Cambodian waistlines?

I'm aghast; the reporter is impressed: Japan, a country not known for its overweight people, has undertaken one of the most ambitious campaigns ever by a nation to slim down its citizenry.

Without a doubt, similar legislation will be introduced in the US within the year. Time to bid adieu to the NFL.


jim said...

Are sumo wrestlers exempt?
Guess I can't move to Japan any time soon...

Take Care and God Bless,

Anonymous said...

Just insane. Just like the BMI in this country. Consider that a BMI over 25 is overweight, over 30 is obese. I challenge anyone to find an NFL running back, one of the top trained athletes in the world, to not be at least overweight via BMI statistics. Most are "obese". My point is that a number does not tell the whole story. To say that everyone with a 34 inch waist must lose weight is insane.