Obesity has evolved into one of the major problems contributing greatly to an unhealthy lifestyle. Over 1 billion adults are overweight raising the alarms for serious diseases. Obesity is the fundamental factor in critical diseases such as diabetes, cancers, heart diseases and much more. There is one country that stands out as the country with most less obese people in the world.
The Land of Rising Sun Japan seems to have a solution for the obesity. The Samurai has to give obesity a super beating through its culture and healthy lifestyle. A study conducted in 2009 by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that only 3.5 % of Japanese people are obese. Japan has the one of the highest life expectancy in the world at 80 years.
The Japanese cuisine along with the government initiate against obesity serves as the foundation for a better fight against the obesity. Let’s embark on a journey in this article to find out the Samurai way of knocking off obesity.
Government against Obesity: Japanese government passed a law in 2008 named as “Metabo Law” according to it women are allowed to have 35.4-inch waist and men are allowed with 33.5 inches. Breaking the law leads to the counseling program. The health care system in Japan provides coverage with the help of employer insurance and local government.
Smaller Portion of Food Consumed: The food presentation in Japan revolves around two things. The plate is never filled completely and there is the separate dish for every item. Food is consumed slowly and savored.
Healthy Food: Main Japanese foods consists of fish, rice, vegetables, fruits and soy which are a way to less in calories and healthier as compared to western food. The saturated fats such milk, butter, cheese are eaten in significantly less quantity.
Time to Buy Bicycle: In Japan, there are a lot of bicycles. People tend to walk and travel by bicycle which is also safe and common throughout the country. Roads are safe and the bicycle has made itself a part of Japanese traveling routine.
Exercise Events: Every year in October Japan celebrates a national Health Sports day named as (Taiku no Hi) in Japanese. The sports days greatly promotes the healthy lifestyle in general public. Exercise and sports become an integral part of life style in Japan.
Effective Fight against Childhood Obesity: Child hood obesity is a grave concern for the world. In Japan the school lunch composed of healthy foods based on fish, rice, and vegetables.
The children are taught to prepare food and they serve the food themselves and take part in all school activities with great interest. An important lesson is taught from the start which serves as a great factor in the fight against obesity in later stages of life.
Peer Pressure: In Japanese society, the conformity with general society rules and obligation is given importance. It is considered as a social stigma in Japan if someone is fat. Movements are carried out in major cities. Companies pay great attention for moderation of weight otherwise companies have to pay higher insurance etc.