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Published on 03.31.2016
Japanese are known for being very thin. Japan's rate of obesity is just 3.2%, one of the lowest of all developed countries. This is quite amazing, especially when you conisder that in Japan, having a BMI of 25 or over makes you considered obese (the rest of the world is 30). The reason for the cutoff for obesity being so low in Japan is because Asian people tend to suffer from more weight related issues at lower weights when compared to other races.
Since space is at a premium in Japan, it can be quite difficult to be overweight in the country. Many people who are overweight in Japan talk about the guilt they feel when they try to enter a packed train during the morning rush hour, or even dare to sit down in a seat on the subway. Many foreigners often complain about difficulties using bathrooms in hotel rooms or peoples' houses, because they are so small.
One other thing to note is commenting on peoples' weight is not considered rude in Japan like it is in the West. If you are overweight, don't be surprised if Japanese people ask you questions like "why are you so fat?" or "what did you eat to get so fat?" They don't mean any harm, there is just no taboo on the subject.
The good news is that Japan is a great country to lose weight in! Japanese food is generally centered around seasonal vegetables and soy-based products with a very low calorie count. One can easily avoid greasy, fattening foods while enjoying organic, healthy Japanese food. Japan is also a very active country, where many people use walking or cycling as their preferred method of transportation. So don't let being overweight stop you from enjoying your experience in Japan!
Source: Rachel and Jun (Youtube)