In a Nationwide movement to combat obesity, the Japanese government has issued a strict warning to overweight citizens by instituting a law requiring that “all local governments must now measure the waistlines of Japanese people…” and set a “state-prescribed limit for male waistlines [at] a strict 33.5 inches.”
Just so we’re all clear, the average American male waist size is a 39 – 6 inches above this Japanese mandate for obesity.
Here’s the Link to the article: Link: New York Times, Don\’t Call Me Shamu
The article goes on to say that those citizens deemed fat would be have their records stamped with the word “metabo” – meaning husky sumo hippo shit – and that companies would be heavily fined for their overweight employees. There are also media campaigns geared toward likening being overweight to being a smoker.
Got to give credit to Japan for being proactive when it comes to obesity. According to The NY Times, Americans spends 2.4 trillion dollars on health care, a number highly inflated due to illnesses related to obesity. I guess a little incentive is not so bad.
What do you think about Japan’s obesity regulations?