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megimoo
07-29-2008, 09:38 AM
The perils of being big and Fat in Japan

Japan has introduced a new law that ranks as the world’s most aggressive, and possibly most ill-informed, anti-obesity measure. The national law, which came into effect two months ago, requires companies and local governments to measure the waistlines of everyone aged 40 to 74 as part of their annual checkups. The measure, which will cover 44 per cent of the country’s population - that’s 56 million Japanese citizens - stipulates that people whose waists exceed the allowable limit – 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women – will be given three months to get in shape. Failing that, they will be given another six months of health re-education to reduce their waist measurements. Companies with large-waisted employees will be financially penalised. Critics say that the government guidelines are too strict and that more than half of all Japanese men will be considered overweight.

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/5362/

Gingersnap
07-29-2008, 09:49 AM
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The American study found that, after controlling for confounding factors such as smoking, drinking, and physical activity, there were no statistically significant associations between heart disease mortality and the components of MS (waist measurements, cholesterol levels, etc).

In fact, men and women with large waist sizes had lower risks for CVD mortality than the thinner-waisted. Moreover, these were Americans, who generally have larger waist sizes than the Japanese.

The assertion that those with MS (particularly those with large waists) are likely to develop heart disease and run a higher risk of dying from a heart attack is unproven hysteria on the part of the obesity-obsessed public health establishment. It is comparable to the discredited claims that those with BMIs in the overweight or obese category are likely to live shorter lives.

As more and more of these draconian measures are put into place, more and more people will develop eating disorders or simply drink their lunches. It's a bad scheme.

megimoo
07-29-2008, 10:05 AM
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As more and more of these draconian measures are put into place, more and more people will develop eating disorders or simply drink their lunches. It's a bad scheme.

The Japanese are peculiar in that they are for the most part very heavy drinkers and almost all of the men,if they can afford it, love expensive scotch whiskey.

Once sitting in a plush bar in Kyoto listening to Salary men singing of their woe's with tears streaming down his cheeks at a Karaoke bar It struck me that Karaoke is a form of confession that allows some emotional realease for those poor overworked men.

While drunk Japan forgives all sorts of social faux pas of its lower level working men even to the point of telling off their bosses !.