9 thoughts on “Thin Japan”

  1. I don’t know, maybe because Japan didn’t push some stupid food pyramid with all the wrong types of food at the top and brainwash everyone to think that protein will kill you. Also, does Japan subsidize the growing of corn so that there is a surplus, that they turn into sugar and stuff it into everything? What about family farms? Does the Japanese government have such egregious estate taxes so that families have to sell off their family farms to giant industrial farm companies to pay off the debt?

    In my humble opinion, Americans are fat, not just because we have no self control and a lot of food options, but also because of cronyism and government corruption.

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  2. So true Soxy!  But wow—This really increases my admiration for the Sumo wrestlers!  I mean, in the US, you could find a couple guys of comparable avoirdupois  riding around in those mechanized chairs in every Walmart.  But now we know that in Japan, it must take real determination  to accumulate such formidable girth!

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  3. Mate De:
    I don’t know, maybe because Japan didn’t push some stupid food pyramid with all the wrong types of food at the top and brainwash everyone to think that protein will kill you. Also, does Japan subsidize the growing of corn so that there is a surplus, that they turn into sugar and stuff it into everything? What about family farms? Does the Japanese government have such egregious estate taxes so that families have to sell off their family farms to giant industrial farm companies to pay off the debt?

    In my humble opinion, Americans are fat, not just because we have no self control and a lot of food options, but also because of cronyism and government corruption.

    The basic diet in Japan is start with rice then add things. They are heavy on the veggies and low on the meat/fish. Most of the food has a high water content and for the most part it is meant to be eaten in combination more than one dish at a time.

    Japanese women put the time into preparing meals. They have a variety of things. They don’t put all on one plate but has separate plates for various things.

    I don’t know about the tax structure on the family farms.

    I agree the food pyramid hurt more than it helped. Low fat turned out to be high body fat for a lot of people.

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  4. Hypatia:
    So true Soxy!  But wow—This really increases my admiration for the Sumo wrestlers!  I mean, in the US, you could find a couple guys of comparable avoirdupois  riding around in those mechanized chairs in every Walmart.  But now we know that in Japan, it must take real determination  to accumulate such formidable girth!

    The sumo wrestlers have a special diet to bulk up. There was one sumo wrestler that small and won sometimes by getting the bigger wrestler off balance but bigger usually wins.

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  5. 10 Cents:
    For those who have no time to watch the video, the gist is Japan has better fast food options than America. I was surprised by the statistic that obesity is around 30% in the US and 3.5% in Japan.

    I think this is a poor hypothesis to explain the facts. Some of the reasons given my Mate De seem closer to the mark. The key point is that probably no single reason has much explanatory value. Large differences in complex systems are usually have multiple causes.

    One reason to be especially skeptical of the fast food is the principal cause of obesity explanation is the regional prevalence of obesity in the US. There is large variability across the country in spite of the ubiquity of fast-food outlets. The high-obesity states are mostly clustered together in a contiguous blob, which suggests cultural influence. Furthermore, there are also ethnic/racial differences in obesity incidence (same link). For example, the incidence of obesity in Colorado among Hispanic adults is 27% versus 20% for non-Hispanic whites. But, hey, it’s not just my notion.

    If there’s one thing that’s different about Japan vs. the US, it’s the genetic makeup of the residents.

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  6. 10 Cents:
    The basic diet in Japan is start with rice then add things.

    Yes; it would be treasonous to skip rice at any meal.   Rice is a national thing; it is bound up in the national identity.

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  7. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    For those who have no time to watch the video, the gist is Japan has better fast food options than America. I was surprised by the statistic that obesity is around 30% in the US and 3.5% in Japan.

    I think this is a poor hypothesis to explain the facts. Some of the reasons given my Mate De seem closer to the mark. The key point is that probably no single reason has much explanatory value. Large differences in complex systems are usually have multiple causes.

    One reason to be especially skeptical of the fast food is the principal cause of obesity explanation is the regional prevalence of obesity in the US. There is large variability across the country in spite of the ubiquity of fast-food outlets. The high-obesity states are mostly clustered together in a contiguous blob, which suggests cultural influence. Furthermore, there are also ethnic/racial differences in obesity incidence (same link). For example, the incidence of obesity in Colorado among Hispanic adults is 27% versus 20% for non-Hispanic whites. But, hey, it’s not just my notion.

    If there’s one thing that’s different about Japan vs. the US, it’s the genetic makeup of the residents.

    I just shared a video I don’t know if this is a cause or not but I do know that I have healthy options here. The anecdotal information that I have is when the genetically Japanese live in America/Canada they gain weight but when they move back they lose the weigh.

    I agree it is complex and one is what one eats or maybe better what one does not eat.

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    drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    For those who have no time to watch the video, the gist is Japan has better fast food options than America. I was surprised by the statistic that obesity is around 30% in the US and 3.5% in Japan.

    I think this is a poor hypothesis to explain the facts. Some of the reasons given my Mate De seem closer to the mark. The key point is that probably no single reason has much explanatory value. Large differences in complex systems are usually have multiple causes.

    One reason to be especially skeptical of the fast food is the principal cause of obesity explanation is the regional prevalence of obesity in the US. There is large variability across the country in spite of the ubiquity of fast-food outlets. The high-obesity states are mostly clustered together in a contiguous blob, which suggests cultural influence. Furthermore, there are also ethnic/racial differences in obesity incidence (same link). For example, the incidence of obesity in Colorado among Hispanic adults is 27% versus 20% for non-Hispanic whites. But, hey, it’s not just my notion.

    If there’s one thing that’s different about Japan vs. the US, it’s the genetic makeup of the residents.

    I just shared a video I don’t know if this is a cause or not but I do know that I have healthy options here. The anecdotal information that I have is when the genetically Japanese live in America/Canada they gain weight but when they move back they lose the weigh.

    I agree it is complex and one is what one eats or maybe better what one does not eat.

    I’m telling you it is sugar it is in everything. We are all sugar addicts. Try to cut all sugar out of your diet, it’s hard. Also portion sizes and the like, but sugar is a real problem.

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