If weight control is an issue for you, watch this. If you’re interested to see how another modern society deals with health and fitness societal issues, watch this.
But Is it going to far? What do you think?
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This link is more direct.
Thanks, Thane. I fixed the link to make it more direct.
Japan has a different view of health than we do in the US. They view the individual’s role as subordinate to that of the group’s best interest. So it would make sense that if the behavior of some individuals adversely impacted the group, then it would be restricted. Of course, what the video does not say is that the Japanese drink like fish and they certainly don’t clamp down on that health-adverse pastime. But, one could argue that Japanese business would come to a halt if every office in Japan did not go out for drinks — many drinks — after work. It is only when half drunk that workers can disagree with their bosses.
I’m surprised that insurance companies in this country don’t do more to reward/punish based on lifestyle choices.
It’s interesting. A friend of mine works for the Mitsubishi corporation as one of their lead legal consuls and heads up real estate acquisitions. He just got back from a 3 year posting in Tokyo and a 1 year posting from London. He mentioned the drinking thing too. He was brought over to introduce a more American approach to corporate management. I find it ironic that no country thinks it’s doing business, or education, right, and we all seem to love the “other” (with the exception of Finland, I guess. They know they do public education the best: and they pay top dollar for it).
It seems extreme, but if obesity is the great danger it’s touted to be, is any measure geared towards combating it really too extreme? Better health should be a goal in itself, but adding a financial incentive may help. I think the greatest deterrent here is an overemphasis on political correctness (avoiding calling a spade a spade) and the lack of political resolve to really take the hammer to this issue.
It was interesting too that the video started by saying the Japanese, as a whole, are more petite (I’m paraphrasing). If a person is taller, does that mean he/she can have bigger measurements? When the AHA said women’s waistlines should be <35" (?) to reduce risk of heart disease, I don't recall they qualified based on size/height. What's the real deal?
it didn’t go into that much detail. I’d hope they had some nuance to their decisions, but who knows. I have a personal story that relates. In 1996 I was managing a health club in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and a body builder. I weighed 170 lb. and was 4 % body fat (for comparison, today I’m 160 lb. and 12.2 % body fat). had a sports related injury that resulted in a fractured wrist and elbow. While waiting in the emergency room, with my shirt off, a nurse asked to do a hight and weight assessment on me, consulted, a BMI chart, and told me I was 30 lb. overweight. That falls into the category of morbidly obese. My shirt was off. I was so muscular that acquaintances frequently asked what drugs I was using (none) and this nurse was telling me that I was fat. Hahaha. It just goes to show that medical training is no guarantee of expertise. The actual doctor, when he came in, said wow, and asked me how much I benched> He understood, at least.
Thanks for responding. It’s really difficult when they throw out these absolute standards without considering all factors. It’s particularly frustrating for women because many still consider “being skinny” as the ultimate goal.
I could not agree with you more. There is a huge disconnect — mostly inflicted on women — between what is healthy and what is considered ideal by society. Another aspect of this divergence is the constant state of pain many dedicated gym-goers are in in order to be healthy. When does the enjoyment of being fit start place if the process is producing constant pain? It seems that the body should reward good actions with feeling good and constant pain should be a sign that something is wrong.