“This week a health ministry study panel called for tightening the metabolic gauge for women to 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) in waist size from the current 90 cm (34.5 inches). Tightening the criteria would lead to preventing more strokes and heart diseases, said the panel led by University of Tokyo professor Takashi Kadowaki.
In 2005, the Japan Society for the Study of Obesity currently sets the benchmark waist size at 85 cm or more for men, and 90 cm or more for women to diagnose obesity. Japan’s health ministry has been using the criteria in metabolic syndrome check-ups. Some experts have since opposed setting a slacker waistline gauge for women.
Measuring the waist gives a rough measure of abdominal fat that causes lifestyle-related diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks.”
In other words, in Japan, if you are female and have a waist size larger than 31.5 inches, then you are regarded as obese. Uh-oh. I’m in trouble.