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Why are people so Healthy in Japan?

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Get a free 30 day trial for Audible at http://audible.com/whativelearned or text ‘whativelearned’ to 500-500 ▲Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WILearned ▲Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeverettlearned 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 - - - 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 - - - Featured Music: Broke for Free - Playground Pigeon Broke for Free - IF For Business inquiries: joseph.everett.wil@gmail.com
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Really Though (17 hours ago)
I’m not sure how accurate the title is.. they might be thinner in general but they don’t really exercise and just skinny fat. Hence the no butt that expected there.
omar oyt (17 hours ago)
so I'm gonna starve there lol
Shakti Deb (23 hours ago)
Eat more food... Rather than food like products..
Tracy Lopez (1 day ago)
These videos are really enjoyable to watch. Thanks for the time you spend making them!
Spiritual Coconut (1 day ago)
Puerto Rico is 50 in cancer?! How?! My grandma died of colon cancer!
Ninja Kitty (1 day ago)
Healthy in japan
michael banh (1 day ago)
Thank you fro visiting
Christopher Timmermans (2 days ago)
Hara hachi bu!
Because American and European foods and drinks sucks !
l337g0g0 (2 days ago)
First thing I noticed, no fountain pops. The reason it's more expensive is that, the food is high quality then your fast food, fat epidemic western societies foods. In turn, like you did, makes you consume less. They eat less food, no sugar, the green tea has caffeine, boosting metabolic rate, causing energy release, ultimately resulting in lower blood sugar from repopulating the muscle glucose, lowering insulin. ^^^ this is the main take away...
Alex Saiyasak (2 days ago)
Sacha Inchi
EgoSum QuiSum (2 days ago)
Unreliable narrator .
E. Thomas (3 days ago)
I got food poisoning in Japan one time
Kataline (3 days ago)
You forgot to mention the seaweeds that they consume regularly and that have many benefits, including speeding up the metabolism.
はーるーな。だよ! (4 days ago)
Hi There (4 days ago)
Japan is so healthy because of what happened last time there was a fat man in japan.
Sudarshan Alternate (4 days ago)
Remember that japan is among the most depressed countries with the highest suicide rates.
Tim Barter (4 days ago)
Wheat in the United States is also gmo. Corn syrup is also in almost everything. Corn is high in sugar and also gmo. Pigs don't sweat so they are full of toxins. I still eat pork, but in moderation. I supplement with infowars X2 Nacient Iodine everyday. The Japanese diet contains a lot more iodine then the American one. The Japanese live longer on average.
snoopy Frog (5 days ago)
high carb, low fat, low protein diet. americans eat the exact opposite and claim its healthy...even after seeing how miserable they fail with theyre diet.
Ravedaze (5 days ago)
It’s because of all the endangered species they consume
toology55 (5 days ago)
We got the Big Mac, they got the Big Mick.
leeroy77 (6 days ago)
I wouldn't say Japanese people are spectacularly healthy or unhealthy. It's just that videos like these make constant comparisons to the US which has a very unhealthy population.
HeyHannah (6 days ago)
Those are huge portions lol what is he talking about
Can we get to 1M subscribers with no videos!? (6 days ago)
I just had a ad for 7-eleven fried chicken lol
Sam C (7 days ago)
Visited recently-- Can confirm their food is very reasonably healthy and very accessible. Go Japan! <3
Fireworks & Fun (7 days ago)
Look at what is in stores in the US, more then 80% off the stores are full off pre made and canned stuff 😂 and if you eat more then once a week fastfood you are asking for problems lol.
M R A Scott (7 days ago)
Iodine? The Japanese consume huge amounts of kelp, nori and other sea vegetables, and the result is iodine intake (and 'availability') reckoned to be > 10x that of most other 'developed' nations.
Discharge Summary (8 days ago)
Aaron Matchett (8 days ago)
The biggest reason that Japan is healthy is the social pressure to be so. In the 1900s America was more that way up to about the 80s-90s. The social pressure to be fit keeps people fit.
Delilah Jones (8 days ago)
They also don't consume a lot of sugar. When I was in the military and we would be doing a bake sale off base, we could not make the cakes with icing because they would not sell. The Japanese thought they were too sweet.
Daniel Sánchez (9 days ago)
Counters with a little bit of water (japanese person dies instanly)
Fintan (9 days ago)
If it is rude to eat while walking why do anime girls always eat toast while running to school?
Owen Grant (9 days ago)
how much do you Americans eat!? the portions of food the Japanese eat looks to be the same amount that i/we eat over here in the UK and we are very close on most things (USA and UK) America really is eating the world to extinction you guys are a burden for the rest of us SMH
Alan Chen (9 days ago)
What about suicide rate? And number of working hours per week? (Though IIRC, the suicide rate has dropped recently, but it's still fairly high.)
Harry McNicholas (7 days ago)
It is close to that of the U.S. High rates are Sri Lanka, S. Korea and Finland.
Yasemin (10 days ago)
Also they eat slow,
Thokchom Karan (10 days ago)
Also the highest life expectancy in the world
Mojave4ever (11 days ago)
Self evident, but not mentioned, is the fact that in Japan most of the population is Japanese, i.e., genetics also contributes to one's health status. Other than that, I feed wild rabbits - and lo and behold they are plumper than those that don't have access to cheap food. Amazing, but true.
Harry McNicholas (7 days ago)
Genetics do not because as soon as they move to live in the U.S. and adopt American food, they become fat.
Detskalldaltas (11 days ago)
With Fukushimasauce to Fukushima fish.Before they can be very old. Ather futureshima waiting.
igor levi (11 days ago)
nice intro background
STAGEDKERNEL (11 days ago)
Rafiation. They die young from radiation...
Harry McNicholas (7 days ago)
There is no evidence of that but if you visit Vegas you might since our government just secretly shipped a bunch of radiation crap to Nevada
Sherio88 (11 days ago)
Healthy? Ask their kidneys.
Harry McNicholas (7 days ago)
They are fine but yours are working overtime to get rid of the sugar.
Can I get 1000 Subs with no videos (11 days ago)
I have an 18 BMI
Tsulo Koza (11 days ago)
I think because they eat fish more than meat.
vaibhav satpute (12 days ago)
india is best and not even in the list of cancer and suicide. Expect 29.6 % below povery level population india have everything. If u compare the per capita suicides, rapes ,robbery, cancer, guns then india is way better than many "developed" countries. we also have many things to work on hence we call us developing country. Bhutan is also a great country having unique Gross national Happiness index and lowest per capita carbon emission.
Allison F (12 days ago)
Why are you talking so much about meat? And showing all those disgusting body parts? Asian's don't eat that much meat, you even said it. You showed it an obscene amount of times.
Rita Chan (12 days ago)
🙈but Asian need less calories than Americans
galnamedtal (13 days ago)
I love the line “Japan seems to eat more FOOD instead of food-like-products”. So true.
Becky Chiang (13 days ago)
In most cases, what your parents shuffle down your throat when you were a kid pretty much determines your taste bud for the rest of your life. And by the time you think it's a diet issue, it's usually too late. Those type of studies are fun to watch, but it doesn't change anything really.
Josh Jenner (14 days ago)
Damn, don't I just feel like a kidney stick.
DeepCupsChan119 (14 days ago)
America eats burgers n pizza n get heart attack
アールグレイミルク (14 days ago)
F Jin (15 days ago)
In another hand, Japanese is very unhealthy. Because they always eat row fish, row egg and row beef. Many people die by parasite in japan every year.
aznstar871 (15 days ago)
Cancer rate is an indication of health not the opposite. Cancer rate increase with age. With Japan's aging population, having a lot of old people means cancer rate would be high. We all know that age positively correlate with the healthiness of the country.
Arreis Pan (16 days ago)
Am I the only one here that thinks the amount of food they eat for meals, is a lot? I mean it could just be me being me cause I usually am not a big eater😂😂
ForgiveAndLove09 (16 days ago)
America is addicted to carbs.
Everything (16 days ago)
Because they walk everywhere and don't consume a lot of processed foods and sugary drinks.
Apricots (16 days ago)
I don't understand Japan. They seem to be healthy, but are they really so? Why then are most Japanese people degenerates?
one deok (17 days ago)
Because they've had massive radiation air, water, soil, that is why they're healthy😉
Miguel Beltran (17 days ago)
Question on your numbers?. Did you account the population ration of USA and Japan when comparing in your video?. Like the Caloric intake?. My worry is that the numbers you are showing are misleading due the difference of the population density of USA and Japan?.
Nick Capobianco (17 days ago)
Great video! Thank you for the research-backed information and insight into why Japan's people are so healthy!
Rise & Resist (17 days ago)
Anyone else get a strange desire to take a bite of whatever that is at 3:42??...Just me? Okay
Dani The man (17 days ago)
Look at Argentina, my dermatologist said that they have some of the lowest rates of acne. He mentioned that it has to do with diet
Nes Ra (17 days ago)
yo dude, where is the vid on protein?
4 & 20 Black Birds (17 days ago)
so what? it's food and sex as a means to enjoy life and judging by their population drop, the men don't enjoy having sex with adults, only children! The jap women is too focus on their OCD, cleaning, cosmetics and making their food look pretty!
shawn burnham (17 days ago)
Cryostal (18 days ago)
It is because they have small penis
rick lev (18 days ago)
its also because they exercise everyday
Christal ene (18 days ago)
Nice, i love japanese food 😋
Graff Fhe (18 days ago)
Carbs be trash
M xyz (18 days ago)
They are not healthy, we just became unhealthy.
George Quiroz (19 days ago)
Sure, strict food policies in street markets.
George Quiroz (19 days ago)
Thats not true people aren’t super healthy there
Harry McNicholas (7 days ago)
Yes they are George.
Nick Fahmi (19 days ago)
Omg... I just watch this and saw kfc ad.. Already order for delivery urgghh 😤
Nick Fleming (19 days ago)
As someone who's lived in Japan I know, and I know you know, that the simple answer is: they walk everywhere because the government has made driving prohibitively expensive; and they hardly eat anything. My girlfriend's breakfast, if she has any, is a tiny riceball. So they are burning many times more calories than Americans while consuming probably half the calories as Americans. Simple. Cool science video though
VanillaDough (19 days ago)
adn then there is the fat tax
Crystal Jones (19 days ago)
Thank you! :)
Harax A (20 days ago)
Ice makes you skinny
Alyssa saldana (20 days ago)
There’s a lot of fat Americans that are triggered in the comments. Haha.
christopher békési (20 days ago)
They are not that healthy, tons of alcoholics and smokers.
Harry McNicholas (7 days ago)
Men yes, women not much.
dothraki balboa (21 days ago)
it's because of bukkake
HVYContent (21 days ago)
American school food sucks. Donuts, chocolate milk and French fries for breakfast and lunch. Shame shame 😔
SirAwesom (21 days ago)
Fat shaming is common in Japan. Social pressure forces people to stay thin. America should adopt this social view.
Acid Trip (21 days ago)
Because you wanker americans bombed them and they dont wanna be like you bastards
Max Lake (21 days ago)
would be very interesting to compare Japan with Australia to find the commonalities that both have as the AuZ life exp;ectancy is very good also and since that's the same demographic as the US and UK etc then it would be failly conclusive as to what was the healthiest diet and lifestyle:)
Max Lake (21 days ago)
Well I guess I'm drinking milk again after being bullshitted by the MSM as usual. At this point I have to start wondering if the world is indeed flat as you have to question everything in your head.
Max Lake (21 days ago)
Japan has a nuclear reactor still melting down after ten years so expect those cancer rates to rise.
Daniel Whyatt (21 days ago)
Why on earth would this get 1k dislikes?
Anon Anonymous (21 days ago)
seth Shields (22 days ago)
bro what the fuck is a kilogram
Diego A (22 days ago)
America is a continent, not a country....
dragonhold4 (22 days ago)
Haruka Ayase Jin drama is amazing!
Thúy Aiko (22 days ago)
Not surprised. just disappointed.
Shane Na (22 days ago)
Social pressure.... .... now why did we need a long video of food in want to eat? Lol
Red Eye Wolf (22 days ago)
Big in Japan
amir edwards (22 days ago)
It’s really funny that you throw out these comparisons but they don’t quite line up. You throw a large number for the US in one year and then jump to a small number for Japan of a completely different year. Very incongruent. Step yo game up bruh.
Lara Cahow (22 days ago)
The food in Japan looks amazing I’m sick of all the crap food in America
Rooke RON (22 days ago)
Wanna be healthy--be poor!
Mark Kim (22 days ago)
Well, portion control doesn't really exist in the U.S. Take it from an American.
Schnake Eyes (22 days ago)
so liver and kidney patte then
TheFantasyFen (23 days ago)
Interesting how you included all those research into your video :D