Originally Posted by Robin41
I like the way they blame it on Western food. Really, is there anything that isn't our fault? Why not blame it on standard 90-100 hour work weeks in Japan that leave no time for family or exercise? Probably a lot more accurate.
I do think Western food is largely at fault for rising obesity rates around the world. If you look at the statistics, obesity is typically uncommon in European and Asian countries (or at least at stable levels) until the McDonald's and KFC's move in. When other cultures adopt the high-fat, high-calorie American diet in lieu of their traditional diets, obesity skyrockets. Japanese people don't get fat eating fish, vegetables and rice. They get fat when they start eating like Americans do.
Of course, people ultimately make their own choices of what they eat. Nobody is forced to eat fast food. But when fried foods and sugary sweets become normalized, people get fatter. I think it's great that other countries are discouraging their people from adopting Western eating habits.