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Japanese Diet and Health in Japan

The Japanese enjoy the best health, a low rate of obesity and the greatest longevity in the world due to their diet nutrition and eating habits. A comparison of obesity prevalence in Japan vs. America, as a percentage of the population: obesity level in Japan 2.9 percent (males), 3.3 percent (females); obesity level in America 27.7 percent (males), 34.0 percent (females).

Japanese Diet Habits

Obesity in Japan

Compared to America and most European countries, the Japanese have a significantly lower rate of obesity (3-4 percent). As a result, rates of weight-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are much lower, although rising. However, as the diet of the Japanese population changes, so too does their weight profile.

Japanese Diet and Weight-Related Health

Although the traditional Japanese diet is very healthy, Japanese eating habits are changing. Among young people in particular, there is a higher intake of dietary fats, greater consumption of Western foods, and a move away from traditional staple foods like rice, seaweed and fish. In addition, lifestyle changes are leading to lower levels of nutrition, fewer \"family meals\" and less exercise. These factors are already causing an increase in levels of overweight, as well as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia (high blood fats).

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