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One-fifth of Japanese are obese
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 2:15 am Email this article
Twenty-three of the 128 million people in Japan are obese according to an article in The Lancet. "The rise has been blamed on the demise of the traditional diet centered on rice and fish, and increasingly sedentary lifestyles," author Justin McCurry states. One-third of men obese vs one-fourth in 2000
“In 2000, for example, one in four men aged 20–69 years were obese; now the figure has risen to one in three,” McCurry writes.
High fat consumption
Total calorie consumption is not high, according to the article, but the percent fat in the diet is high.
Obesity defined in Japan as BMI 25 or more
Obesity in Japan is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more as opposed to a definition of 30 or more by the World Health Organization.
Mccurry J. Japan battles with obesity. Lancet. 2007 Feb 10, 369(9560):451-52.
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