Japanese Law Makes it Illegal to Be Fat

Posted on April 21, 2012

Don’t get fat in Japan!

According to new laws passed about four years ago, it’s illegal to be above a certain waist measurement.

Japanese Law Makes it Illegal to Be Fat picture

If a male surpasses 33.5 inches in the waist, he’s considered “fat.” For women, it’s 35.4 inches.

If you reach or go over the threshold, you will have to attend counseling with a physician or, for the more obese individuals, might be responsible for your company getting fined.

To encourage a healthy weight, you also may be given gifts of pedometers and gym memberships, so that’s cool.

The goal of this program is to prevent obesity, as well as to lower healthcare costs.

It may seem almost draconian in its execution, but it’s a good idea, and one the United States could certainly benefit from.

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64 comments
chloesmommy
chloesmommy

you are all missing the point! Japan has every right to decide the obesity laws because they provide free healthcare... the US does not so it is our right to live as we choose and get as fat as we want. As long as we pay for our own healthcare then we get to choose how we take care of our bodies. Japan's citizens are used to their government taking care of those costs for them. I agree we need to bring that to the US....but as long as someone pays for their own inflated healthcare, how does anyone have the right to tell them how to live? We pay so we get to decide...they don't...so they shouldn't get to choose. when someone else is footing the bill what is your incentive to be healthy? the money in our savings, deductibles, copays are our incentive. You all have to stop comparing apples to oranges. 

maddo039
maddo039

I thought Sumo wrestlers were very well respected in Japan.  

Theodore J. McKite III
Theodore J. McKite III

I find this fuckin hysterical and awesome...I'd get extremely fat on purpose cuz I'm a motherfuckin rebel

Theodore J. McKite III
Theodore J. McKite III

Like so fucking fat that it wouldn't even be funny, but instead sad and have people really concerned haha

Zack Wade
Zack Wade

I had a 38 inch waist at one point, but now I'm down to 30. I don't know about any of you, but I sure as hell didn't need the government to fine anyone to make that happen.

Sean Al-Haffar
Sean Al-Haffar

I have no qualms with Japan passing this law, but the US has certain ideals it has always stood for. When we wrote the Constitution our representatives had to compromise between giving the government too much power, but giving it enough to protect the nation's interests. The face of checking federal power has come in giving the states power instead, this is what caused our Civil War. Even if it's something beneficial, if we compromise on something like this, it would undermine everything we fought for as a young country.

Jim Waymire
Jim Waymire

Yes, bring it to the USA! GET RID OF ALL THE FAT! IT'S SICK!

Brian Babin
Brian Babin

I think this is awesome. My only complaint is mere waist line measurement is not a proper representation. I'm 6'3" and built like a wrestler, am for my height am pretty thin(194lbs). Smallest I can comfortably fit is a size 36 pants(down from a size 48 several years ago). Since obesity is a pretty recent problem in mankind's history, most of society is ignorant of the proper apprcoh to the problem. Most, including those who genuinely want to make a change, just find the prospect of turning things around after a lifetime of poor health habits daunting to say the least. These people lack that driving force in their lives to make a change and if left to their own devices, will procrastinate for years needlessly. Laws like this would be awesome to light that fire under their asses, for lack of a better term, and get the ball rolling.

Josh Colombe
Josh Colombe

I get it. health is important. HOWEVER, speaking as a Fat person myself, what the hell gives anyone else the right to force me, not suggest FORCE ME, to live my life the way they think I should live it.if I want to be thin, I'll get thin, but I'll be DAMNED if I'm going to put up with some morally wrong bullshit like this.

Christina Zyp
Christina Zyp

35.4 inches? I'm 40 inches. My dream of going to Japan is ruined! T~T

Kurt Penman
Kurt Penman

While you're at it lets propagate the master race you Libtards.

Tony Zebekis
Tony Zebekis

more comunist propaganda to make people accept obammacare... the writer should be fined fortoo much masterbation or does obammcare encourage that sTOP THE PROPAGANDA!

BabyCakes Lauren
BabyCakes Lauren

You can't change the shape of your skeleton? @Frank? Your stupid for just saying that. There's no such thing as a big or thin skeleton that's like saying there is such a thing as being big boned when there isn't such a thing all skeletons in our body's are the the same except some are shorter then others but its YOU who chooses to make your body fat or not the bones in your body has nothing to do with it

Edward Adam Zacharewicz
Edward Adam Zacharewicz

Well Sumo is officially no longer hilarious. Wish my government would give me a gym membership I had to lose 80 pounds the old fashion way and I'm still too fat.

Sam Schmitt
Sam Schmitt

bring this to the USA? yeah, that's what our founding fathers fought for. The right to be told what to do and how to look and how to live. That's why we fought the war, right?

Sean Goerling
Sean Goerling

*Sigh* This is the same logic as that which went into the creation of Obamacare. And since Japan has a Governmental healthcare system (which costs a bundle), to REDUCE its costs, politicians just make laws saying that its a crime not to be. Which does NOTHING to reduce the costs and gives MORE incentive for the politicians to come up with new things to count as unhealthy so they can get more revenue from fines to help pay for the health care system.

Frank Bauer
Frank Bauer

33.5+ inches in the waist is considered fat? I'm 6'2", and couldn't fit into a pair of pants under 36" even back in high school when I went to the gym every day and weighed 175. Who sets these standards?

Sarah Stern
Sarah Stern

It's very hard to eat healthy if you're poor, definitely a big downfall of this country. Canned foods high in sodium and fattening boxed meal options are a lot easier on a budget than organic produce. It sucks. Stop paying farmers to grow all of that corn that gets packed and processed into everything and start subsidizing healthier produce options!

Randy Holder
Randy Holder

Obesity would virtually disappear if all forks and spoons were replaced with chopsticks.

Sean Al-Haffar
Sean Al-Haffar

And to put this into perspective, it is literally too cheap and easy for Americans to eat too much. It's even a little unfair to expect us all to be in shape in an age of such abundance. But it's a relatively new thing, and I believe our society (and genes) will adapt in time. For the record, I'm considered underweight, and I get disgusted by overeaters, but if you lived here a lot of you would be fat too.

acunnane
acunnane

@Josh Colombe I think in Japan's case it is to do with lack of space due to a large population, not wanting escalating health costs etc, as seen in the Western world now with all the obesity related ill health. It would never be a law introduced in America, too many fast food companies and processed food companies are probably helping fund both parties! I think it's a great idea though, even though my waist is probably a bit over their limit, it sure would force me to loose that extra 10 to 15 lbs wouldn't it? 

BTW I fail to see what is morally wrong with this law? 

Irakli Kobiashvili
Irakli Kobiashvili

:D ან კიმანო ჩავიცვა და კიკინა გავიკეთო სუმო ვართქო. იმედია არ შეამოწმებენ ის რაღაც მაცვია ტრუსიკის მაგივრად თუ არა.

Payam Aderangi
Payam Aderangi

Lol, no one is going to you if you can't spell. Have fun repeating the 2nd grade.

Jack Hewitt
Jack Hewitt

I agree with your sarcasm, you guys do need more laws over there.

Andy Lockhart IV
Andy Lockhart IV

But your 80 lbs lighter which is great for your health and for you. Congratulations on losing it and keep at it.

Sam Schmitt
Sam Schmitt

An important aspect of freedom is the ability to make bad decisions and fail, but the beauty of it is that you are responsible for your actions. Scary, huh?

Matt Hickman
Matt Hickman

it's not the governments job to decide whats best for us the governments job is just to run the country

Harry Collinson
Harry Collinson

there's a difference between looking how you want and being a disgustingly overweight behemoth. kudos to japan.

Glen DiCecco
Glen DiCecco

You already have tons of laws that shape behaviour in America, why not one that acually helps the people? It's not like you really have true freedom anyway.

Anne Hart
Anne Hart

Your so-called liberty is killing you...

Richard Stewart Ferguson
Richard Stewart Ferguson

are you implying that you can do whatever the fuck you want and get away with it cause thats what it sounds like you fucking jackass , also the government tells you already how to live fucktard

Abdulrahman Tahoun
Abdulrahman Tahoun

I don't get something about you Americans. Anything that's positive, but from the government, and you immediatly lash out on it. I don't know about you, but I'd rather live safe and healthy with the government having some sort of control than live fat with my pride up my ass so much I can't see what's best for me.

Matt Leaver
Matt Leaver

Umm. Our founding fathers definitely didn't fight for the majority of their citizens to die of high cholesterol. It's not a matter of how people look, it's a matter of health.

Ryan McCabe
Ryan McCabe

Enjoy your "WALL-E" future. And to quote the fat kid in McDicks, "Are you gonna eat that chair?"

Nick Comoroto
Nick Comoroto

I have a large body frame as well, wouldn't fit into 33.5

Jack Roper
Jack Roper

BS! I am 6'2 and fit into 32" pants while weighing 190. If you have a 36-37" waist at 6'2 news flash... your fat!

Frank Bauer
Frank Bauer

Or a large pelvis. All the dieting and exercise in the world won't change the shape of your skeleton.

irrenmann
irrenmann

@Sarah Stern BS. Vegetables are cheap, and so are grains and other staples. Organic produce is not the only thing one can eat not to get fat. Finally, people could just eat less, which saves money.

Put the responsibility where it lies.

JenniferHKim1
JenniferHKim1

@Sean Al-Haffar I'm sorry but this is the dumbest thing I have seen! I've lived here in the USA for 31 years and I'm 105lbs! I'm 105lbs because I take care of myself by eating healthy and exercising. It's not because of genes or because you live in a certain country. Put down the fork and stop making excuses people!

stureost
stureost

@Sean Al-Haffar blaming your country for being fat... yeah, sure...
i guess i would be fat as hell if i lived in another country who has the same fast food chains as my country does, even though i work out everyday...
the difference between you and me is that i choose to eat healthy and work out so that i can stay healthy

GoldenSkulls
GoldenSkulls

@JenniferHKim1 

False. My genes don't allow me to get fat, even if I wanted to be. I'm close to underweight for my age, actually.