Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

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Space Invaders Bank +

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Chubby Japan +

Chubby Japanese Woman Akihabara

I think it’s safe to say as a whole, most of the world sees Japan and other Asian countries as very fit, and not chubby like the west. The most obvious factor is diet. Speaking as an American, I believe that most of us eat way to many carbs. If you don’t do the physical work to warrant eating a lot of carbs, it’s just going to be stored as body fat.

Chubby man Japanese cosplay Kotaku.comIn Japan, the problem of weight is known as “metabo.” Here in America, its also known as metabolic syndrome. While many Americans would be opposed to government regulation of weight, in Japan, citizens are a bit more open to the idea. What Japan Thinks just published a new survey that showed 3 in 5 Japanese citizens are concerned with metabo. ABC News says the reason may be that in Japan, there is a sense of communal engagement (what’s good for the public is good for me.)

Chubby Japan boyJapan’s national program aims to prevent diseases such as diabetes and heart disease in citizens. Ideal waists for men and women are 33.5 inches and 35.4 inches respectively. If you exceed those measurements, you will be targeted for health education. If you don’t decrease your waistline, your employer can be fined, which in turn may not be the best move for your career.

I’m willing to bet that even Nintendo saw the concern with metabo and chose to market the Wii Fit as heavily as they did in Japan. Within the first four weeks of being released in Japan, Wii Fit sold more than 1,283,000 million units.

Do you think Japan’s answer to chubby citizens could work elsewhere in the world?

6 Responses to “Chubby Japan”

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    Diets for MenNo Gravatar Says:

    Wow your employer can be fined? That’s a pretty stiff penalty. In the US your employer would probably be sued for even mentioning your weight. Good for them though, weight is an epidemic these days.

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    Virtual wife that will keep you in shape Says:

    […] do want to start working out again in order to regain some mass. Japan is currently going through a metabo phase. In order to combat it, has introduced a new services called “Virtual […]

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    billywestNo Gravatar Says:

    Legislating people’s body weight is f@*king ridiculous. They’re just doing it because Japan has a socialized healthcare system that’s not doing too well financially, so they don’t want to have to pay any more than they have to for an individual’s doctor visits. And fat bastards are more likely to have medical issues, so…

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    Reynaldo RiveraNo Gravatar Says:

    Wow, That sounds like a great motivator! lol
    I think it would only work in a region that is only mildly obese, and only starting to become so. If it was a nation full of slight guts than most people would get on the ball and start working out since their job is at stake and it’s good for them as well. In a nation of fat-asses, people would be super defensive since it would be too much work to reach the goal. They’ll claim prejudice and the project would fold.

    I’m speaking as one of those Fat-Ass Americans Lol :P
    Not saying I’d complain lol. I’d be all for it since it would definitely be the motivation to get me moving hahaha

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    TomNo Gravatar Says:

    While I think that making people aware of the problem is good, having certain measurements attached to being targeted are probably a little harder since Japanese are physically changing (getting bigger).

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    xorsystNo Gravatar Says:

    Just in case you were wondering, the top picture is from a JDrama called Akihabara@Deep.

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