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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 ▲Bitcoin: 1CuSEgDr5raV3XKoHL7W19QRoCkE3iHt1X 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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slipinoy (9 hours ago)
I dont remember japan having that much beef availabe before
Sydney Robinson (13 hours ago)
Their so healthy because they kill themselves before they get fat.
Rajesh R (15 hours ago)
Well made video, crisp and concise explaining all the points clearly.
feykroTV - (16 hours ago)
I heard of "the french paradox" in school, I think it could be an idea for a future video. The thing is, the average french person intakes a lot more fat than the average american but the population is healthier. Not the mention the cultural habbits of Bread and Cheese.
Jonathan Mathew (17 hours ago)
I think Japan has high cancer rates because of their high life expectancy.
Spirit Flame Instrumentals (1 day ago)
Japan has high cancer rates because of the nuclear bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Sofia (1 day ago)
I've been to Japan, and I can say that they are not very healthy. The traditional Japanese diet, however, is quite healthy. The diet of a modern japanese, is loaded with white bread, fast food, noodles and loads of unhealthy snacks. They might have an easier time staying thin, but they have a tendency to increase in fat around their organs, which is arguably more unhealthy than gaining elsewhere. I'd say the current lifespan of the average japanese is more a cause of the older diet, and less the japanese being healthy overall.
Froggie Russell (1 day ago)
They are not so healthy anymore! The country is now very radioactive since 2011! We in US may be fat but at least we are not highly radioactive! Look up Beautifulgirlbydana here in yt for info!
M n N Tech (1 day ago)
sir make one video about our 'india' .
amu sonu (1 day ago)
पागलो अब पुरा जपानी खाना ही मत लाना इंडिया में . विराट कोहली की तरह . जपान बस छोटासा देश island. हमारा देश बहुत बडा है . हमारे देश के पुराने महान लोगों का काम उनसे कई गुना बडा है . बस जरौरत है , उन सारी पुरानी चीजों को वापस खोजने की . जो की तुम्हारे बस का काम नही है .
J Top (2 days ago)
But they can't win a war and now have to depend on protection from others. Why is the suicide rate in Japan so high?
Catelyn Hale (2 days ago)
japan people probably eat out less than americans
vladimir ikic (2 days ago)
Noodels isnt healthy but yea in comparison to America every country is health guru
g n (2 days ago)
Lol I got a kitkat ad before this video
Anym (3 days ago)
more like "how". I can't even go a week without going "ehh this ain't workin chief"
antsolja (4 days ago)
i think thr biggest thing that makes the difference is americas amount of processed food compared to japans lack of it
antsolja (4 days ago)
id be more interested in seeing how japan compares to a normal country, any country looks healthy and functional compared to america
Chulebs Great (4 days ago)
How I wish I was a Japanese. I am tired of being overweight.
Green Hawkeye (4 days ago)
Whale Butchering BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!
williewaterbug (4 days ago)
Looks like fast food in Japan is real food. The US needs to get back to "real" food instead of "food like substances".
Saadi Kid Tv 1 (4 days ago)
KidScipio (5 days ago)
Ramon Rodriguez (5 days ago)
Great video
rihardo123 (7 days ago)
Japan quit smoking ciggies but the job they working i don't blame em.
Yuilen (9 days ago)
They're healthy because they have some serious cult mentality going on in their culture, like a hive-mind you wouldn't believe exists unless you look at North Korea. Part of this cult mentality hive-mind is the excessive "fat-shaming" that occurs, where being fat is seen (rightly so) as an illness and a sign of health problems. Go to a doctor and tell him you're feeling unwell, and he might ask you how much you weigh and that you should lose weight; no, I'm not joking, this seriously happens. When you live in a society that is extremely homogeneous and extremely xenophobic like Japan is, coupled with the cult mentality hive-mind that runs throughout the nation's culture, being fat is like having leprosy. You will do anything and everything to avoid it, so as to not be socially stigmatized and outcast from the rest of society. Add this to the fact that many Japanese food products are not complete trash like in American fast-food, and that most Japanese eat home-cooked meals and live in a society that looks very similar to America in the 1950's, and you start to see why America is so full of disgusting fat fucks with no self-control. We need to change our society, change our culture, change the way food is "made" and change our zeitgeist thought processes, go back to the way America was 70 years ago (minus the segregation), and then these problems will dissipate.
Monjit Chetia (9 days ago)
Such a well researched video
El Hamartia (9 days ago)
What was the movie with tommy lee jones in the beginning please?
semidemiurge (11 days ago)
I enjoyed the comparisons but you presented no real evidence to support any causal connections between the different eating habits between Japan and the USA and health, just correlations.
Andy P (11 days ago)
they aren't that healthy. their rates of strokes are rather on the higher end
Ahmed Hussein (12 days ago)
Great video, very entertaining, and well made... Japan is an awesome country ^^
cheerios4canaries (12 days ago)
I love organ meats, chicken hearts and gizzards, beef tripe and cow tongue and my favorite is duck and pork blood yummy...
oplix (13 days ago)
They eat lots of fish
Manuel silva (13 days ago)
Open your eyes. Rich and powerful people, government, etc. Don't want too many people in America. They make people sick on purpose. They get rich selling medicine. They don't give insurance to most people. Do your own research.
Vidyahgame (14 days ago)
so the best meal would be pickles and pig heart? Catchy.
Isaac Bakan (14 days ago)
Sushi also helps. Honestly the only way to get me to eat much fish. Cooked fish just takes the flavor out. But sushi is very expensive in the US and it's not safe to prepare yourself really.
Marcus K (15 days ago)
Eating sea weed. Iodine is high in sea weed and increases thyroid function. Western society is deficient in iodine.
Alice Sacco (18 days ago)
In my point of view, those portions aren't too little. But maybe even in Europe portions are smaller than in U.S.A. However, some european countries (Italy) have a large percentage of obesity. It's the overrated Mediterranean diet. If I eat 2726 kalories daily, I get fat. I can eat only 1000/1200 kalories daily to stay in shape. If I do sport. I still can't go over 1500, and this is true for the whole country.
Dia R (19 days ago)
Organ meat looks gross ...
M Jack (19 days ago)
Can I get organ meet through sausage...I know it's in there somewhere
al alex D2 (19 days ago)
Everything about Eastern culture beats Western culture
ADerpyReality (19 days ago)
They eat healthy and have mandatory exercise in most work/school.
iamlight1 (19 days ago)
Why did we have to see a rat roaming empty dishes? yuk!!
shoji O (20 days ago)
It’s simply different body types and different food cultures in long history. Also different nature environments,too. And different system of agriculture. In American way, everything must be big!?
mokapaige (20 days ago)
One thing I could never eat is tongue because it freaks me out already worrying I’ll bite my own tongue
mokapaige (20 days ago)
Wow I never considered organ meat
Galactusz007 (20 days ago)
Irrelevant, we all eventually die.
ilyisrael (21 days ago)
great work 🍙! *Thank You* 🌸 i ran to see (by your trails :) the charts regarding my country and compared to others... and i have learned a lot. *thanks* ily~ p.s. new research from my country: http://www.weizmann.ac.il/pages/home/algorithm-diet
mr slick (21 days ago)
America attempting to invade Japan w all kinds of junk fast food. Creating disease and even quick death...total failure. Yet they successed in middle east Asia. Pure evil..USA
Kelly Fontes (22 days ago)
Ya, they look real healthy.
Andrew Wooten (22 days ago)
The fish in Japan is loaded with mercury and other toxic metals, be honest here, seafood is not healthy anymore like it was once believed to be
Adomas Gaudiesius (22 days ago)
Japanese are also shorter, so they weigh less on average, that needs to be accounted for when you talk about food portions and calories consumed.
bestamerica (22 days ago)
' in japan, high budget cost of livings and limit eatting the foods / drinks... has alot of owners bicycles, motorcycles, vehicles... lives small compact homes
Mark X (22 days ago)
make a video about butter coffee
Ash Cuckum (22 days ago)
Because they don't have blacks and mexicans on welfare
Mudig (23 days ago)
yeah but everyone is killing themselves over there. Their mental health is truly fucked.
Trung Do (24 days ago)
Thank to their diet , diet , and diet . Their diet is smart and healthy : fish more often than red meat , vegetables , green tea instead of sodas . If we want to be healthy and to be able to work even when aged , let's eat and drink like them , don't find excuses .
Charles Kulvet (24 days ago)
Maybe its the fluoride.
Nick Armitt (24 days ago)
What about mental and social health? We don't include that? Hmmmm....
Никто как Бог! Арх.Михаил (25 days ago)
ughhh, in italy we get around 1200- 1500 kcal per day per person in average. It means we eat here even less than japanese people? italian food is basically vegetables, pasta, meat and fish.
Никто как Бог! Арх.Михаил (25 days ago)
breakfast - capuccino and briosch, 150 kcal approx. lunch - pasta with vegetables or meat, 500 kcal approx. dinner - meat or fish with vegetables 450 kcal approx. you may have sometimes during day "merenda", means pause food. It is usually a cup of coffee espresso with a little biscotto, pastry. Or some yogurt with dry fruit such as hazelnuts or grapes. That's all actually for an average italian.
FixItStupid (25 days ago)
No They Die Cancer Nuclear Melt Down
DebbyAbqNM (25 days ago)
They're healthy in Japan? Tell me all about Fukushima, please!
DebbyAbqNM (23 days ago)
you're funny, Harry!
Harry McNicholas (23 days ago)
There has been no ill effects
(24 days ago)
yes, you're probably still fatter than them
mdargavel (26 days ago)
I wonder if Ivor Cummins' view applies here that it is the physical structure of the carb foods - not the fiber content - that mostly matters for metabolic derangement (insulin resistance development). It seems to me that rice (even white rice) would maintain its physical structure well and stimulate the L cells (pancreatic stimulating cells) to a lesser degree and K cells (satiety stimulating cells) to a greater degree despite being "processed" carbohydrates more than other types of foods. Anyway, it's just a random thought I had, but it might explain everything observed without the need to use a bunch of explanations.
민수 (26 days ago)
Man, now I want to eat kimchi.
R (27 days ago)
Japan healthy I work in the tourism industry and majority of Japanese men & women I see smoke cigarettes on a daily basic. Skinny on the outside yes but internally I think they’re rotting from within.
(24 days ago)
they are still one of the nations with highest life span
Pieter (27 days ago)
*fewer* calories 2 syllable words are a challenge for united-statians, I know.
YoungFluffyGirl567 (27 days ago)
*watches video while eating bone marrow
_Cringeover9000productions _ (28 days ago)
Do clam stomachs count as organ meats I’m pretty sure they do count and also with butter and salt they are amazing
AI (28 days ago)
they portion to their needs and don't eat so much straight sugar or fruit.
nuke7 (28 days ago)
What was that movie that Tommy Lee Jones is in?! At the beginning?! :O
Andres Leon (28 days ago)
What? Eating out in Japan was so much cheaper than eating out in America. A bowl of ramen after tax and tip in America is like 15 to 17 bucks, in Japan it was like 7 to 9 bucks. Sushi was also cheaper in Japan.
Ali Mohammed (28 days ago)
Why Japan had mor cancer cases because of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima
Be My Waifu (28 days ago)
unlinedwork (29 days ago)
The burger is small but those lunches are huge.
P for Potato_GAMING (29 days ago)
ayase haruka
BenjaminFranklin99 (29 days ago)
Sausage and hot dogs are made out of organ meats, and they are common in the US. Cold water fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and meat is high in Omega-6 fatty acids, which may well be the most important difference between the US and Japanese diets. Caloric intake is probably another important difference between US and Japanese diets.
tezzo55 (29 days ago)
:-B "Why are people so Healthy in Japan?" Is it all the radiation?
Jon Mack (2 days ago)
May be, if they drank the same stuff that flakey store owner have me back in DC
Leonel Remille (29 days ago)
Dude, I'm hungry...
Dex Slazenger (29 days ago)
Cancer is the mortality cell, its the kill switch. I think the whole ethos in Japan brings health benefits, their manners, the respect for personal space, their deliberate actions, the ritualistic processes they all fascinate me and of all the places I would put on my bucket list Japan would be at the top.
Drayenlol (29 days ago)
I think what hit me the hardest in this video is how they feed kids in schools.
cLoud unDerWeather (1 month ago)
Just curious how does comparisons work exactly. Like i get that for example the US consumed several times the amount of soda as Japan, but in my head i'm thinking, "well... isnt that normal? Theres like 3 times as many people in America"
ntnnot (1 month ago)
Quite high average amount of ingested calories per person in America. Way over the average daily expenditure.
jerrydesu (1 month ago)
Biggest reason is small portion sizes, healthier food, and a lot more walking and bicycling to and from train stations. Sometimes even sprinting on and off trains to make it to the next one. It's normal to see not just young but middle aged and older people riding bicycles and walking. Almost unheard of in the U.S. where it's normally only young people. The U.S. is a car driving country - even short trips. Very rare to see people walk to and from the store unless they are poor and can't afford a car. Sweets have much less sugar. Convenience stores like 7-11 in Japan have much healthier foods than the typical junk food in the U.S. Green tea is known as longevity tea. It is not in just tea but shows up in all kinds of food in Japan. Health care in Japan is much cheaper than in the U.S. They have a universal health care insurance system with tightly controlled costs and insurance is required by law.
Beerdy - Bruce Lee Central (1 month ago)
Japanese people aren't idiots like westerners. And they haven't bought into the whole fast-food craze that started in the 70s and 80s in the west, and is STILL going on. The US consumes most fast-food out of all the nations on the planet. Fast-food = disease and cancer.
Beneditch Cratesofbooze (1 month ago)
Organ meats are the BEST THING
adarsh Terrance (1 month ago)
Can do health & life style of India
nancy idk (1 month ago)
Because of higher seafood consumption there is a higher cancer rate in japan
JunHyeong Yoo (1 month ago)
5:04 it's 'Kimchi' not 'Kimuchi'
Jaste _ (1 month ago)
James samson (1 month ago)
Its because japanese people eat mre vegetables and rice and less meat
Abeer Hussain (1 month ago)
I'm very happy that I live in PAKISTAN because according to this video USA don't care about their diet while here in Pakistan we usually eat typical dishes Most of the time in breakfast we have Parhata(dish made by wheat and little oil) with tea and with leftovers of yesterday. Lunch is usually pulses with boiled rice , or some salan(cooked vegetable or meat) and dinner is that salan of lunch with Roti(made out of wheat)
Spaide man (1 month ago)
seriously... i've known japanese who smoke whole day like a chimney n drink alcohol like drinking water(he doesn't drink plain water).
JakeKDE (1 month ago)
Do you have a podcast?
pippo spano (1 month ago)
I adore how Japanese food is soo attractive. Not as much as Italian food, but that's a really hard match to meet @@
pranav gunti (1 month ago)
Japan’s obesity rate is also because Japan doesn’t have as much land or people than America
Huriyah Kun (1 month ago)
Made me hungryyy
Kiran Chaithanya (1 month ago)
It's interesting
Verity Grace Turner (1 month ago)
I love macrobiotic food, which is Japanese health food - brown, not white rice etc. On the Macrobiotic School farm, we cooked with gluten to make seitan, and they have fu etc from gluten. "It's not the gluten, it's the glyphosate" as the saying goes. Farmers were persuaded to spray their ripe crops with Glyphosate to dry them quicker! Can you believe it! We also made little pickles with rice bran, or proper salt in a salad press, plus we made natto. I loved it.
lynchinjesus (20 days ago)
Verity Grace Turner no where in the world besides america do people eat brown rice. Japanese only like white rice.
Gunnar Landin (1 month ago)
They don't eat crap like in US.
KX5Kat (1 month ago)
I'm sorry, but this is a ridiculous pretense and video. You just cannot generalize or compare one of the most homogeneous cultures on Earth to an extremely heterogeneous one. BMI is not an indicator of health, I do track sprinting and lift weights and never been sick in 2yrs, my BMI is higher than average. I've lived in Japan too and people there get sick just like anyone else, particularly your salarymen, they drink like fish, smoke like chimneys and stress till they kill themselves... Healthy? Diet is only a tiny part of the equation.