The Japanese Government Declares War On Fat

The Japanese Government Declares War On Fat, and why the Japanese government so concerned about the waistlines of nearly 44 percent of its population? They are trying to slow the ageing of society swelling cost of health care, and after the adoption of a new law in 2008, planning to spend some of these health care costs on the private sector. The new law is in response to what the government called metabolic syndrome, which is a fancy name for people overweight. (Japanese people have shortened to "metabolites", which is easier to say.) The Japanese Ministry of Health estimates that, if they can reduce the number of overweight Japanese by 10 percent over the next four years, and 25 percent over the next seven years, they can save money and reduce diseases such as diabetes and stroke.

Most Japanese are covered by health insurance or a government program or through their work, so that most of the measure is based on these companies as well as local governments. Measuring will take place during the patient's annual physical examination. The nationally designated waist for Japanese men should not exceed 33.5 inches for women and 35.4 inches. For those who do not meet the standards waist, rehabilitation will be available every three to six month intervals.

Companies work hard to get their employees measured. They will need to measure probably 80% of their employees and their families, retirees and the company. Not only that, they must obtain at least 10 percent of those who have been measured, whose size is more the norm, to lose weight by 2012, and at least 25% of overweight employees should lighten by 2015, or the company will face big fines from the government.

Private research on thousands of Japanese suggests that most citizens are not overweight, and that the men of average size falls just below the dictation new standard, but some critics disagree and say that the new guidelines are too strict, and more than half the adult male is considered overweight. Other critics believe that the government should focus more on people to stop smoking, rather than alleviate their waistlines really reduce health care costs. Japanese are known to smoke more than almost all other advanced countries.

If you are wondering what the waist is recommended by American men and women, the International Diabetes Federation has fixed at 40 inches for men and 34.6 inches for women. And the National Center for Health Statistics tells us that the average man measures size of an inch less than that, and the average women "measures the size of two inches on Women approved the measure.

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