by Ewa Nowogorski
So what’s the secret to their skinniness? Is it their constant dieting? Is it their special genes? Is it an exercise regime that they have? Is it because they only eat healthy foods?
Well, the secret to why Japanese people are so skinny is not really a secret at all. It’s just science and common sense. Diet and exercise. And by diet, I don’t mean the “starve yourself for a month to lose weight” diet, but rather the “nutrition and portion control” diet. In Japan, food is sold in smaller quantities than other countries. Snacks are sold in small individually wrapped servings, and food is pretty expensive considering the size you get.
Because the food is smaller and more expensive, people will feel gluttonous and wasteful if they eat more than they need to. Societal pressures to stay thin also help maintain a healthy weight.
Japanese people also have more active lifestyles than people of other countries. Owning a car is expensive and troublesome in places like the city where it is easier to gain weight because of an inactive lifestyle, so most people commute by bicycle, train, bus, or a mix of both. Some people even just walk to work. And people are always rushing to get to where they want to go. It’s surprisingly active compared to America where people just take their cars wherever they go. A combination of moving one’s body and eating moderate portions is really all it takes to maintain a healthy weight and appearance.