Japan Creates Legal Waist Limit

Are you too fat for Japan? The Global Post writes on the nation’s new national waist limits: 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women.

In the world’s slimmest industrialized nation, those whose bellies expand beyond the legal limit may be subject to therapy and exercise classes (no jail time as of now).

The goal of the new regulations is to head off metabolic syndrome, or “metabo,” a combination of health risks, including stomach flab, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, that can lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Companies are offering discounted gym memberships and developing diet plans for workers, and citizens are buying new metabo-fighting products, such as a $1,400 machine called the Joba that imitates a bucking bronco.

  • Word Eater

    I fully support this policy.

    I wish the United States would at least put a sin tax on junk food. With the recession, the fact that junk food is typically cheaper than healthy food is doing nothing to help our overweight nation.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

      sin is what makes life worth living,
      he have entirely too much tax for what we get in return as it is.
      our culture itself is to blame for the overweight state we live in, everything is bigger, 50oz soft drinks, 3/4 lb cheeseburgers, people are told cutting back in any way lets the terrorists win consume consume consume,
      until that changes a tax will do nothing.

    • Chuck

      Before the gov't starts taxing junk food, they should first eliminate the federal subsidies that make sugar and corn so very cheap.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7ZBU42C2OUT3L3IHUWR5KXQDL4 BillyNorm

    Just curious, how will this affect sumo wrestlers?

  • Yazi

    I fully support the policy of minding your own fucking business…

    • guest134

      It's no longer your own fucking business when you roll your uninsured fat ass into a hospital because of an obesity-induced heart attack, ditch the hospital because you're unable to pay for the thousands of dollars it took to save your life, and government tax money has to be used to pay for your surgery. It then becomes everybody's business.

  • factopo

    That sounds lovely… http://www.factopo.com

  • zachattack

    wat bout the sumo wrestlers? thats like the best part about japan

  • Chuck

    Before the gov’t starts taxing junk food, they should first eliminate the federal subsidies that make sugar and corn so very cheap.