“Japan passed a law 2 months ago saying that companies and local governments must now measure the waistlines of Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 74 as part of their annual checkups. That represents more than 56 million waistlines, or about 44 percent of the entire population. Those exceeding government limits — 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women, which are identical to thresholds established in 2005 for Japan by the International Diabetes Federation as an easy guideline for identifying health risks — and having a weight-related ailment will be given dieting guidance if after three months they do not lose weight. If necessary, those people will be steered toward further re-education after six more months.”
Funniest/saddest part of the story: “The mayor of one town in Mie, a prefecture near here, became so wrapped up in the anti-metabo campaign that he and six other town officials formed a weight-loss group called “The Seven Metabo Samurai.” That campaign ended abruptly after a 47-year-old member with a 39-inch waistline died of a heart attack while jogging.”
Can you imagine if this law was even suggested in America? People would be calling it discriminatory against “matebos”. Matebo’s all over the south would be waving their fried chicken in the air in protest.
But think about this…if the government provided health care for all of us then they would have the right to measure our waist lines and possibly fine us for not meeting the standard inches. They would be paying for the extra inches in health care costs so we would have to stick out our pot-bellys and comply.
What do you think about Japan passing this law?