I just read this article about the Japanese government setting guidelines for what is an appropriate waistline measurement and what is not.
Apparently, in an effort to decrease obesity-related diseases, or me-ta-bo for short, the government is making waist measurements mandatory. Fining companies that have employees that don’t comply.
Even though I think it’s great to have people think more carefully about their weight as it pertains to their health, it seems to be going a bit to far to have such strict rules about what is obese and what isn’t. I could totally see this turning into a nation-wide push for thinness that may lead to a greater amount of cases of anorexia. All too often my super thin Japanese students would tell me how overweight they were.
Also, what about people who are just naturally a little heavier and/or who have medical conditions that warrant the use of steroids/medications that are known to cause weight gain? I had several young students who were just naturally curvy. Who has the right to say that they have to lose weight? It all seems so unfair.
I’d love to hear how you weigh in on this issue.