Why are people so Healthy in Japan?

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This is a sequel to my other video on the food environment in Japan titled “Why is it so easy to be thin in Japan?”
Having lived in America and now living in Japan, it’s interesting to see how very different these two food environments are. I’ve seen comments on another one of my videos about low carb saying something like “Oh sure, you can lose weight on low carb, which is why all the rice eating Japanese people are so thin, right?”
So with this video (and maybe the last one), I’m hoping to show that the diet over here is more complex than just “high carb”

0:00 – Intro: America & Japan
0:42 – People walk more in Japan
1:35 – Portion sizes are smaller
2:30 – America and Soda
2:40 – Rice vs. Wheat
3:50 – Fermented foods keeping the gut healthy
5:14 – Meat consumption is balanced with Fish consumption
5:54 – Muscle meat and organ meat balance
7:57 – Green Tea
8:43 – School Lunches in Japan

A pdf of the transcript with links to my sources can be found here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/17282506

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Big thanks to Greg from “Life Where I’m From” for letting me use some shots from his video “Tokyo by Train” ! – https://goo.gl/8EvfNU (They’re the professional shots near the start of people walking in Kamakura / around the train station)
-Make sure and check out his channel – it’s very interesting, especially if you’re interested in Japan: https://goo.gl/s1Xfvt
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20 Responses to Why are people so Healthy in Japan?

  1. Morelos Kyōnin Barros says:

    Thank you for this video. Very enlightening.

  2. Yash Upadhyay says:

    This video trashes body positivity and i'm glad

  3. Archangel Antonio says:

    Because they don't eat Halal.

  4. googly moogly says:

    Meanwhile in America, there's people obsessed with a diet trend where you eat tons of fat and avoid white rice (and all carbs)

  5. ja da says:

    You'd think the vending machines practically on every street corner would have the Japanese fat as well. But no.

  6. Bettye's Cooking Channel says:

    I love grilled chicken liver on the keto diet.

  7. Elchrispr787 says:

    Soo if you don’t wanna have cancer go to PUERTO RICO AND eat organic natural non consentrated quimic fnk fake nasty food and eat there all natural😍❤️

  8. AnotherChosenOne says:

    Green tea tastes like chewing leaves tho :/

  9. mister obvio says:

    usa is not hole america ahit!

  10. Ynah Carrielle Umayam says:

    But then I still got fat when I stayed in Japan for just only 3 months. I think discipline is their secret which also applies on their eating habit.

  11. Србомбоница says:

    wtf Denmark the highest cancer rate,werent they declared like the happiest nation or something wow

  12. Mark O'Cain says:

    The Japanese dentists need to try harder.

  13. Kyudo Kun says:

    I'm skeptical about this: I don't think Japan is the healthiest country in the world considering everywhere you go you see vending machines scattered around, where artificial goods are stored. Not to mention the price of the fruits are so damn high.

    The only thing I'm sure of is that, the Jap people are well discipline, they eat food moderately that's why they remain slim.

  14. Kimaryo René-Corail says:

    Damn I saw my country at the 37 place in the top countries with the most cancers 00:20 …guess them "béké" really got us with their kepone huh.

  15. Victorius Dark says:

    Small portions(of healthy food) means less nutrients

  16. Chloe Washington says:

    In America people have no time for healthcare because of overload of work they take processed food and also most of the Americans are obese due to that… They even take shower once in 3-4 days…

  17. lightning boi says:

    The food isn't as trash as some countries. That alone is already enough to answer the question.

  18. Marina Powell says:

    It’s frustrating that a lot of the “fresh” products being sold in supermarkets is GMO or has other chemicals commonly used in agriculture. Unfortunately it’s pretty hard to find true natural products in the US and U.K. as we’ve become accustomed to huge ripe looking fruits and vegetables looking more appealing than natural produce from farm shops or organic companies. Not to mention that organic products are dramatically more expensive.

  19. gallimead says:

    Newsflash:. It's not just Japan that has smaller portion sizes.

  20. Saylor Moon says:

    Because they don't live in a society that wants to profit from their sickness because they need strong workers.

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