Japan’s Weight Loss Policy
by alexandrachartrand on June 8, 2013 - 9:49pm
The Japanese population has been known worldwide to be the skinniest, as well as healthiest people in the world. I’ve always been fascinated by the Japanese culture and found myself intrigued into why they are considered to be on of the healthiest individuals. One of my family members told me that the government had implemented a law in regards of weight and employment which lead me to my own research. Indeed, Japan does impose a policy that guides people to a healthier physique and lifestyle. As employees, the Japanese must not exceed a specific waist circumference or else they might get fired. I was left flabbergasted with the thought that the government would go to that extent in order to promote healthy choices which is why this topic draws to me. Theres great importance to this ethical issue as for it addresses a new form of solution to the obesity crisis our modern society is constantly trying to confront.
The ethical issues raised by this article consists of whether or not the government has the right to implement a policy that affects one’s personal choices, including nutrition and physical fitness. Should the government have the right to invade personal lives in order to gain health benefits for the public themselves?
Japan’s population only consists of a 3.5% obesity rate and their life expectancy is much greater than the rest of the world. The population reacts well to the implemented law. In addition, I profoundly believe their way of solving this crisis is working efficiently which provides many short and long term benefits. From a contradicting perspective, this law can be viewed as an invasion of privacy, that weight is a physical attribute that is allowed to be altered depending on the individual’s choice or lifestyle. This policy imposes greater stress among its workers which can lead to a decline in performance as well as other health problems. This can be created due to higher stress in the workplace.
If such success can be acquired into establishing a weight loss policy, why is this not universally used, especially in countries like the United States of America which obesity is an epidemic?