Being overweight is illegal in Japan

<p>I know the military enforces body fat and fitness standards but having that being enforced on private businesses in the U.S. yikes!! There would be an uproar from the fat bodies.</p>

<p>why not just ban mcdonalds?</p>

<p>two words:</p>

<p>sumo wrestlers.</p>

<p>Sense when? i seriously doubt thats true.</p>

<p>^it’s JAPAN</p>

<p>I bet they feed the skinny people to the sumos</p>

<p>That’s ok, I’m pretty sure the sumo wrestlers can find lucrative spots in the NFL playing offensive linemen. We should all get ready for our O line to look a lot rounder on Monday nights from now on.</p>

<p>Well this can’t be in effect now because I live in Okinawa and I haven’t heard anything about this ban at all. Is this only affecting Mainland Japan (Tokyo, nagoya, etc). </p>

<p>I didn’t watch the whole video but I haven’t heard of any type of uproar at all. It’s probably not as big as it is made to be. I live in Okinawa and I haven’t heard anything about this at all…</p>

<p>not illegal, they get counseling</p>

<p>It’s not illegal - at least not from the last time I checked. They do measure waistlines in an effort to safeguard the health of the general population, but even that is not too serious.</p>



<p>Better yet… hockey goalies (Robin Williams, anyone? haha)</p>

<p>The title is so misleading - it’s not illegal, they’re just requiring private businesses in certain parts of Japan to have employees and their family members over 40 have their waistlines checked. </p>

<p>Look at this Wikipedia article on [Life</a> Expectancy by country.](<a href=“]Life”>List of countries by life expectancy - Wikipedia) Japan has the best in the world: 79.0 for men, 86.1 for women. Compare that to the US: 75.6 for men, 80.8 for women. Not that that’s a huge difference, but Japan is very healthy, is all I’m saying.</p>

<p>Damn, watching that clip made me want a big mac :/</p>

<p>This is what happens when you socialize health care. And of 'course you can watch Idiocracy.</p>

<p>This made me laugh! I will be returning to Japan on Tuesday!</p>

<p>One of my best friend’s who’s Japanese (currently in JP for summer) has never heard of this before!!</p>

<p>Besides, this doesn’t mean being overweight is “illegal” in Japan.</p>



<p>Indeed! Of course, they’ll have to ban overweight people from the nhl as well because there’s no way for the puck to penetrate the cork that’s in the way.</p>

<p>This is so interesting. But I don’t think it would pass in America because well … it’s America. But it would be a great idea seeing how there are some many people jamming their faces here with fat food, buying two plane tickets to seat one, and adding tens of inches to their waistlines.</p>

<p>^ I would applaud this measure in the United States. I don’t think we do enough to make fat people feel bad about themselves. </p>


<p>^A program counseling fat Americans might bankrupt the government.</p>

<p>Anyways enough joking. It is not necessarily American’s fault entirely, some regulations should be done against corporate interests, which promote cheap big money alternatives in the food industry, such as high fructose corn syrup, which induces fat deposits and is very common in cheap foods. So poor Americans do particularly have a legitimate excuse; however, many I doubt even try to exercise.</p>

<p>American businesses should just put up posters and give out flyers encouraging people to do the Special K pinch occasionally.</p>