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Government Study Reveals: Japanese Men Getting Fatter

Date Posted: 2000-03-05

A recent study by the Government of Japan revealed that Japanese men are getting fatter and fatter year after year. The report blames the new fatty trend on fatty foods and desk jobs. According to the survey released last Friday, February 25th, the Ministry of Health and Welfare holds that the ratio of men in their 20s considered overweight ballooned to some 19% in 1998, a significant increase from 9.2% in 1979, when the ministry last analyzed dietary habits.

The Yomiuri newspaper, which published the details of the survey, stated that men between the ages of 15 and 39 accounted most for the expansion of waistlines. Today, one out of every four Japanese men is overweight, though the women seem to be getting thinner and thinner, the study revealed.

The report also suggested that most Japanese men are getting fatter because of junk food consumption, eating at irregular hours and because of more and more desk jobs than in the “old days.” “Japanese men care less about staying fit and eating the right foods than women, who typically see themselves as being fatter than they are,” the Ministry’s report stated.

An estimated 13 million men and 10 million women in Japan's population of 123 million are now documented as being overweight. Meanwhile, the number of overweight women remained almost unchanged over the same period of time. The same report attributed the phenomenon of rising underweight women to the “slim-is-beautiful-and-fashionable” consciousness that is presently consuming most of the industrialized world.

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