Obesity : A Growing Problem Essay

996 Words Oct 13th, 2014 4 Pages
Obesity has been a growing concern in most counties over the past decades. Obesity has made the astonishing jump from affecting 857 million to 2.1 billion people from the 1980’s to 2013 (The Lancet). The numbers of overweight and obese citizens is starting to become a norm in most societies around the world. The United States is one of the countries that are trying to decrease this growing concern. Where/who do individuals look for the source of this epidemic? There have been no countries in the world that have lowered their nation’s obesity statistics from the past thirty three years according to Donald McNeal and the New York Times. Japan is one of the few richer countries in the world with a low number of obese citizens. Only 3.6 percent of the Japanese have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over thirty. Although the Japanese have a major difference compared to the United States’ 32 percent, obesity has been a growing issue in Japan recently. Why are the Japanese becoming part of the growing obesity trend? Lifestyle, government, and diet are the factors making Japan one of lowest in terms of obesity.
Lifestyle in Japan is vastly different compared to living in Western Society. “Thanks to relatively healthier diet and lifestyle, Japanese women and men live longer and healthier than everyone else on Earth” (Moriyama, Naomi). Japanese citizens walk more daily than their counterparts in the United States. Citizens in Japan walk about two thousand more steps than people living in the…

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