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(The Atlantic)   Japanese government imposes waistline standard in attempt to avoid American-style epidemic of obesity: 33.5 inches for men, 35.4 inches for women   (food.theatlantic.com) divider line 126
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2009-11-11 07:12:28 AM
I take it the Japanese government like thicker women?
 
2009-11-11 07:15:35 AM
GreatNOD: I take it the Japanese government like thicker women?

...aaaaand, just like that, I lose the desire to travel to Japan. :(
 
2009-11-11 07:16:20 AM
so no more sumo wrestlers?
 
2009-11-11 07:17:32 AM
How does this standard measure up to health standards in other countries?
 
2009-11-11 07:18:26 AM
How many yards is it in the USA?
 
#2 [TotalFark]
2009-11-11 07:18:46 AM
"2. Tho he was calld Little, his limbs they were

large, And his stature was seven foot high;

Where-ever he came, they quak'd at his name,

For soon he would make them to fly. "

- 'Robin Hood and Little John' from The English and Scottish Popular Ballads by Francis James Child (1888)

/See, if they called him 'Little Jumbo-san' he would be a hero instead.
//It's all about perspective.
 
2009-11-11 07:19:43 AM
But then where will they hide their weapons?

www.animeresimleri.com
 
2009-11-11 07:26:09 AM
f00.inventorspot.com

Nobody likes their vending machine panties to be "Buffet Size"
 
2009-11-11 07:26:15 AM
OnmyojiOmn: But then where will they hide their weapons?

Massive, massive cleavage.

/is that a boy or a girl... shiat I can't tell from those stupid cartoons.
 
2009-11-11 07:33:39 AM
When Japan stops selling games teaching people how to rape and molest little girls then maybe I'll care about what they do.
 
2009-11-11 07:42:45 AM
MDGeist: When Japan stops selling games teaching people how to rape and molest little girls then maybe I'll care about what they do.

Obviously you do care what they do, considering how much you seem to have your panties in a twist over some game you most likely hallucinated.
 
2009-11-11 07:43:35 AM
1) Waistline measurement standards are retarded. Body fat percentage is far more accurate indication of obesity, but alas also costly compared to a piece of string.

2) Is it just me or does the standard for men seem like 2 inches too small and the one for women like 2 inches too big? Did they reverse those numbers?


I'm actually perplexed here, I have a 36 inch waist at 5'10. My wife has a 32 inch waist at 5'8. This seems pretty decent to me, but there is no way in hell I could get down to 33 inches without running marathons every day.
 
2009-11-11 07:44:18 AM
Google UnoriginalNick, then maybe you'll be as intelligent as you are unoriginal.
 
2009-11-11 07:46:46 AM
UnoriginalNick: MDGeist: When Japan stops selling games teaching people how to rape and molest little girls then maybe I'll care about what they do.

Obviously you do care what they do, considering how much you seem to have your panties in a twist over some game you most likely hallucinated.


Quick dude, call Luigi so you can go rescue your sense of humor from Bowsers castle.
 
2009-11-11 07:48:07 AM
UnoriginalNick: MDGeist: When Japan stops selling games teaching people how to rape and molest little girls then maybe I'll care about what they do.

Obviously you do care what they do, considering how much you seem to have your panties in a twist over some game you most likely hallucinated.


Um... you really haven't ever read anything about anime-styled games in Japan, have you? What MDGeist described isn't exactly a rarity.
 
2009-11-11 07:50:20 AM
GreatNOD: I take it the Japanese government like thicker women?

If they take 'waist' measurements at the hip bone, it makes sense. I think the US does it at the bellybutton, which is why women usually have a narrower waist.
 
2009-11-11 07:50:39 AM
Considering the average Japanese women is about 5'3", 35 inches at the waist is huge.
 
2009-11-11 07:51:03 AM
It only applies to people 40 and older

So you can be a super fat kid, just lose the weight before turning 40.

reminds me of that show where you get killed if you turn 21.

Now it's if you turn 40 and you're .^A mm too fat, you die!
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2009-11-11 07:56:01 AM
What happens if you fail the waist measurement test? Do they cut off layers until you pass?

In the USA the government can call me obese all they want but, pending health care reform, they can't do anything about it.
 
2009-11-11 07:56:09 AM
TwistedFark: 1) Waistline measurement standards are retarded. Body fat percentage is far more accurate indication of obesity, but alas also costly compared to a piece of string...

I'm actually perplexed here, I have a 36 inch waist at 5'10. My wife has a 32 inch waist at 5'8. This seems pretty decent to me, but there is no way in hell I could get down to 33 inches without running marathons every day.



I think, when compared to Japanese, that many Americans really are big-boned... and, yeah, I agree that body fat measurements would be more useful. It's not difficult to take -- there are electronic gadgets manufactured by Japan's own Omron corporation that do it electronically.
 
2009-11-11 07:56:51 AM
This gives a whole new meaning to being big in Japan.
 
2009-11-11 07:56:53 AM
UnoriginalNick: Obviously you do care what they do, considering how much you seem to have your panties in a twist over some game you most likely hallucinated.

(http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4727468/ILLUSION_RapeLay_ENG)

Pro Japanese denialists are awesome!
 
2009-11-11 07:57:05 AM
I lost about 5 pounds in two weeks in Japan. They eat very healthily.
 
2009-11-11 07:59:10 AM
The 35.4 inches for women must be a Preggo-maximum. I'm sure the actual non-Preggo size would be smaller than a man. Right? Right?
 
2009-11-11 08:00:43 AM
NobleHam: I lost about 5 pounds in two weeks in Japan.

Did you get a receipt?
 
2009-11-11 08:01:09 AM
Japanese guys are like 5'6. This shouldn't be that hard.
 
2009-11-11 08:02:28 AM
TwistedFark: 1) Waistline measurement standards are retarded. Body fat percentage is far more accurate indication of obesity, but alas also costly compared to a piece of string.

2) Is it just me or does the standard for men seem like 2 inches too small and the one for women like 2 inches too big? Did they reverse those numbers?


I'm actually perplexed here, I have a 36 inch waist at 5'10. My wife has a 32 inch waist at 5'8. This seems pretty decent to me, but there is no way in hell I could get down to 33 inches without running marathons every day.


You could just eat healthy and exercise a little. My waist was 29.5 inches when I weighed 220 lbs. I am also 5'10".
 
2009-11-11 08:03:33 AM
Whenever I come to Japan I find it a struggle to maintain my weight. And it's not even like I'm keeping on extra pounds. I'm 5'11", 160 pounds, and have a 31" waist. Yet when I come to Japan those numbers just want to drop off.

/Maybe they wouldn't if I were richer and could afford to eat what I wanted here.
//Costs about $7 per pound of the cheapest quality beef here right now.
 
2009-11-11 08:05:58 AM
Can't say I disagree with the author.

Of course his surname is Nakamura.

/I love sushi
 
2009-11-11 08:10:31 AM
And then sumo champions crushed them all. The End.
 
2009-11-11 08:12:06 AM
Whoot! Not obese in Japan!
 
2009-11-11 08:12:35 AM
FOOK ME? FOOK YU!
 
2009-11-11 08:15:18 AM
StephenHawkingsVoicebox: TwistedFark: 1) Waistline measurement standards are retarded. Body fat percentage is far more accurate indication of obesity, but alas also costly compared to a piece of string.

2) Is it just me or does the standard for men seem like 2 inches too small and the one for women like 2 inches too big? Did they reverse those numbers?


I'm actually perplexed here, I have a 36 inch waist at 5'10. My wife has a 32 inch waist at 5'8. This seems pretty decent to me, but there is no way in hell I could get down to 33 inches without running marathons every day.

You could just eat healthy and exercise a little. My waist was 29.5 inches when I weighed 220 lbs. I am also 5'10".

www.nosumo.com
 
2009-11-11 08:16:58 AM
ZAZ: What happens if you fail the waist measurement test? Do they cut off layers until you pass

They draw dotted lines around the excess bits with a Sharpie and throw you in a pool of frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads.
 
2009-11-11 08:19:16 AM
Without a height variable in the equation, that is a pretty retarded standard. A male at 5'2" would be overweight with a 33.5" waist, whereas a male at 6'2" would be malnourished with the same measurement. Assuming we're mature enough to pass on the "haha, Japanese people are short" stereotype for a minute, what would this regulation accomplish?

There is no mention of consequences either. Are you fined? Punished for going over? Was the whole point of the article for the author to verbally fellaciate himself about losing a few pounds?

And what the f*ck is this?:

"In the same way that living in Hiroshima after 9/11 provided me a different perspective about American military power, so did it teach me a valuable lesson in the way the Japanese saw America's obesity epidemic."

How are those things even remotely related? That's like saying "living in Toronto after hurricane katrina really taught me about the way Canadians view legalized gambling".
 
2009-11-11 08:20:34 AM
Oh I have blah blah inches and I'm blah blah this tall and so on and so forth and OMG! U.S. Americans don't have maps anyway! We can't even find Japan!
 
2009-11-11 08:22:03 AM
HUH well I am ok and I was just told by my doctor I am in the danger zone..Interesting.
 
2009-11-11 08:23:52 AM
Amigajoe: StephenHawkingsVoicebox: TwistedFark: 1) Waistline measurement standards are retarded. Body fat percentage is far more accurate indication of obesity, but alas also costly compared to a piece of string.

2) Is it just me or does the standard for men seem like 2 inches too small and the one for women like 2 inches too big? Did they reverse those numbers?


I'm actually perplexed here, I have a 36 inch waist at 5'10. My wife has a 32 inch waist at 5'8. This seems pretty decent to me, but there is no way in hell I could get down to 33 inches without running marathons every day.

You could just eat healthy and exercise a little. My waist was 29.5 inches when I weighed 220 lbs. I am also 5'10".


photoshop muscleguy ftw.
 
2009-11-11 08:24:49 AM
Cup_O_Jo: HUH well I am ok and I was just told by my doctor I am in the danger zone..Interesting.

On the hiiiiiighwaaaaay to the Danger Zone?
 
2009-11-11 08:25:46 AM
Hah not quite like that ^

I looked well..human...

More like this with a thinner waist:

bodyspace.bodybuilding.com
 
2009-11-11 08:28:51 AM
Vertdang: Cup_O_Jo: HUH well I am ok and I was just told by my doctor I am in the danger zone..Interesting.

On the hiiiiiighwaaaaay to the Danger Zone?


AGHHHHHH runs screaming from Tom Cruise and Kenny Loggins..
 
2009-11-11 08:31:53 AM
Makes sense if you're 5'2" with toothpick bones.
 
2009-11-11 08:33:38 AM
Honest question here: do Japanese men tend to be more similar in height and frame with each other than Americans?

If body types aren't as varied there as they tend to be here, I could see coming up with an average for everyone. However, if they have as much variety there as we do here, no f'ing way.
 
2009-11-11 08:39:21 AM
Amigajoe: Roid freak

Every time I see that photo, or others like it, I think of this:
selfconfessions.files.wordpress.com

\TAAAAAANK!
 
2009-11-11 08:40:01 AM
copperheadclgp: Amigajoe: Roid freak

Every time I see that photo, or others like it, I think of this:


\TAAAAAANK!


Hah! Love that game!
 
2009-11-11 08:42:22 AM
Well, we already knew the Japs were inhuman monsters, but this takes the cake! lol
 
2009-11-11 08:45:15 AM
Everyone knows it's penis size that really matters.
 
2009-11-11 08:49:19 AM
For some reason, in America, we think fat = strong.

I'm not sure why a lot of us have this misconception.

Big Bubba Louie in New York eating pizza and cheese steaks with a giant gut ain't that strong.

I took MMA for 8 months before I got the shiat kicked out of me. Trust me, the 130 pound kids will knock the living shiat out of you.
 
2009-11-11 08:58:07 AM
TwistedFark: 1) Waistline measurement standards are retarded. Body fat percentage is far more accurate indication of obesity, but alas also costly compared to a piece of string.

2) Is it just me or does the standard for men seem like 2 inches too small and the one for women like 2 inches too big? Did they reverse those numbers?


I'm actually perplexed here, I have a 36 inch waist at 5'10. My wife has a 32 inch waist at 5'8. This seems pretty decent to me, but there is no way in hell I could get down to 33 inches without running marathons every day.


I'm 6'2" and went from a size 36 waist to a size 32-33 waist, depending on the brand of pants, (went from 205 down to 170) in about three months with a calorie restricted diet and lifting weights. I refuse to run as I smoke about a pack a day.

/gotta stop smoking
//I've seen fatties that could run marathons, yet they don't seem to lose much weight.
 
2009-11-11 08:58:58 AM
Bring on the chubbies!

/dnrtfa
 
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