Japan, a country not widely known for having an overweight population, passed a national law two months ago requiring companies and local governments to measure the waistlines of more than 56 million citizens between the ages of 40 and 74. Here’s the article.
They are using these measurements as a guideline for identifying health risks and will fine companies and local governments who fail to meet the target of reducing the overweight population by 10% over the next seven years. Of course they’re doing this because of “ballooning health care costs”. Isn’t it always about the money?
As if the overall idea isn’t frightening enough, wait until you hear the limits: Men must have a waistline no larger than 33.5 inches and women’s are capped at 35.4. If those numbers are accurate, it seems they are giving women a huge break and men, none at all. If Mr. Jelly Belly had to whittle his waist down to 33.5 inches, he would most certainly snap in half.
Think about that: 33.5 inches for a man isn’t that big at all; it isn’t even all that big for a woman. And, not that I really care, but what will this do to Japan’s sumo wrestling industry? The article didn't address that important issue.