Now you may think that 33.5 inches for a man and 35.5 inches for a woman isn't overweight, but you need to think of the average build of a Japanese man and woman.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, a man with an American background should aim for a waist circumference of less than 102cm and a woman of the same background should aim for less than 88cm. If you are of a European background and male you should aim for less than 90cm and if you are European and female less than 80cm. If you are Japanese and male you should be aiming for less than 85cm (about 33.5 inches) and 90cm if you are female. It's simply a matter of different builds. These numbers will vary depending on which group’s numbers you use, but they are all relatively the same.
In order to reduce fines from over sized workers, companies in Japan are encouraging exercise at work as well as low calorie diets based on traditional Japanese foods.
Now can you imagine if this concept made is to Canada? If it was illegal to be overweight in the workforce? If your boss was always harping on you to lose weight because you are costing the company money? If they encouraged you to exercise and eat better?
We spend a great deal of our time in a week at work so it seems like a reasonable
place to target the obesity crisis. I'm not sure if the stern approach taken in
Japan would go over well here in Canada, but it's certainly something to think