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Japanese health deteriorating

Date Posted: 1998-05-09

The Japanese Minister of Health and Welfare has published the results of a nation-wide survey on the general nutrition of Japanese citizens and it has some officials worried.

According to the study, a large number of people do not take nutrition seriously. 40% of girls aged 13-22 feel they are overweight and need to diet. The numbers may be higher due to a new trend of super-slim models and actresses on popular new television shows. Most girls, already thin by U.S. standards, may damage their health by this craze, suffering iron deficiencies and other health problems if these diets continue.

Another significant finding came in the area of men's weight. Males in their early thirties are at a higher risk than ever for obesity. 34% of men ages 30-40 were found to be overweight while 20% of men aged 20-30 are also overweight.

These numbers are unusually high for the Japanese population and the Health and Welfare department is currently working on ways to improve public awareness of the benefits of good health.

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