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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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Kai (4 hours ago)
Dude this is an awesome video. Thank you 👍
CEN CAL (2 days ago)
They eat fish and white rice thats why
Apostolos Christou (2 days ago)
Because almost everything they eat isa packaged and filled with preservatives. Also they don't know what a refrigerator does?
Simon Vance (2 days ago)
Part of it is their common sense culture of treating people with integrity and respect unlike most of the rest of the world where it's the 'every man for himself, shaft everyone you can to get ahead over the next guy' attitude. I currently live in australia, a lot of people are obnoxious assholes here and people's behavior makes a HUGE difference to health.
悠舞 (3 days ago)
Corinna Loreli (3 days ago)
I want to snell year er
Corinna Loreli (3 days ago)
Petr123 paco (4 days ago)
They're so healthy because of Fukushima raining radioactive love all over them. Soon all the people living in California, Alaska and Hawaii will be just as healthy. Thank you Japan.
Juan Carlos (4 days ago)
it's the thinking. that's what makes you better. thinking more kind to all and grateful naturally .
anottakenusername (4 days ago)
How did you live in Japan, what did you do for work? Was it hard to get the right paperwork to live there?
awenindoe (5 days ago)
Stupidity and obesity go hand in hand
WorldReligion (5 days ago)
The only audible ad that hasn't wrecked my head
M M (6 days ago)
Any info on mercury-level concerns from eating fish and other seafood?
NNS Studios (6 days ago)
After living in Tokyo for 4 years I don't find this to be true. People are having heart attacks all over the place. So much sodium in their diets. Also they drink and smoke wayyyy more
Fresh Orange (6 days ago)
look.... yall eat pop tarts and frosty flakes for breakfast u need to surpass Italians and the slavs first to start thinking to compare ur health to asians like Japan or thailand
curtis shaw (6 days ago)
People in Japan are mentally unhealthy and very unhappy.
harshit kumar (7 days ago)
I just enjoy my life. Eat whatever I want except when not hygienic and do regular workout. I'm not a bodybuilder though but I'm also not a fatty bag. My BMI is around 24.3 and my body fat is 11% of my total weight. Now isn't it cosidered as healthy?😎😎
ZIXUN Huang (7 days ago)
kimchi is Japanese food. Koreans are trying to steal it. Japanese has been eating kimchi since Edo Era. Korea only started around 1900.
Sander Abrahamse (7 days ago)
No matter what you do, there's always an Asian that will do it better
Festival Lotus (8 days ago)
The sauces seem to add a lot of salt to the food, but are so delicious
Benson Harison (8 days ago)
because they aint eating donuts and hamburgers in breakfast like americans do lmao fatty cheesy food in morning ewwwwwwwwwwwwww
Christopher James (8 days ago)
America is a sick sick place. Consumerism gone overboard. Capitalism out of control. Culture has been degraded. Morality degraded.
bakin flour (8 days ago)
Wish I was a traveler. Must be nice to eat well and have a healthier life overall. This country does not even promote family values anymore. Japan, you are awesome!
sunnywaves12 (8 days ago)
One thing not mentioned in this video is how _shameful_ it is in the Japanese culture to be "overweight". There is SO MUCH pressure by society to be thin, for both men and women, and this leads to a country-wide epidemic of eating disorders and depression (of course, there are many other types of societal pressure that contribute to depression in Japan). Yes, the food is healthier, and yes, the proportions are generally smaller, but there are also tons of unhealthy food that you can easily binge on, and you can always eat more of anything... It's just not done in Japan because people think it's unacceptable to be fat.
cokechang (8 days ago)
Also, culturally and socially Japan as well as other East Asian cultures are pretty demanding when it comes to appearances. Unlike the more tolerable west, society is generally pretty harsh on out of shape people.
Geoffrey Transom (8 days ago)
3682kcal/day? That's close to twice my maintenance calories, and I'm 6'1", 220lb and I exercise upwards of 5 hours a week And let's stipulate: those Yank calories ain't *quailty* calories - you feel me? Even 2726 a day is a shitload. Maybe on a day where I drink more than a litre of wine... which is most days lol. *HAIL KEK!!!!*
Spider (9 days ago)
The more I learn about this stuff, the more I feel resentment towards my parents. I can't help it.They didn't know any better, but growing up in the 90s as a kid, I ate mostly toast, cereal, and poptarts. 90% of what I ate was a shelf stable processed food. All through highschool I had chips and Dr.Pepper for lunch. I have so much resentment for that lifestyle, and I feel so powerless that there was just no life line back then. I'm almost 30 now, and now I'm in a well informed place. I feel desperate to undo a lifetime of damage.
Zhi Han Lee (9 days ago)
6:17 Organ meat is common in Chinese cuisine too, traditionally for the same reason as well. Besides chicken & pig liver, there're also intestines and chicken feet, and even pig blood cakes (in some parts of the world). But eating these can raise cholesterol levels too IIRC
allah bless (9 days ago)
Healthy where? It's not about eating only. They're work culture is unhealthy for one,some would say that can be a lot worse than just weight problems.
raouf ghorbel (9 days ago)
A lot of hard work was clearly put in this video. Keep it up. New subscriber.
Christoph Burstup Weiss (10 days ago)
Very cool video, and thanks for the referral to Audible and the free book. I downloaded "Grain Brain" by David Perlmutter for free, a book that I wanted to read for a long time. Listening to it tonight. <3
Anvesh Rajeshirke (10 days ago)
Because they are least religious country in the world. So they must be sensible!
Gregory Kosins (10 days ago)
USA isn't a homogeneous nation so not a fit (no pun) comparison.
Mara A (7 days ago)
Gregory Kosins yes it is a fit comparison! Everybody eats plastic food in the U.S. except NY and California!
This is the Beginning (11 days ago)
The Japanese, Aboriginal Island people. Raw fish, still havent masterd fire. Degenerates , just like the Whites among them.
Rump Rat Ronald (11 days ago)
Americans are such greedy bastards !
Wing N. (12 days ago)
I'm really enjoying the information presented on your channel. I love how you back everything with relevant studies and hypothesis of why there are contradicting information out there. Most videos regarding health are targeting fads without support to their claims. Thank you for putting in the time to put together these videos!
Inglés - Spanish JuoxVO (13 days ago)
Excellent research and presentation, it´s very enjoyable to watch well prepared videos that shows the numbers and facts like this. Congrats!
DragonHeart (13 days ago)
The portion sizes are actually normal just like many other countries. It's America who has extra large portions.
SaltyOneYT (14 days ago)
As a Canadian. I love Japanese food
hweenmask (14 days ago)
if theyd be healthy japan wouldnt be #1 suicide rate in the world. mental health is important.
Anthony W (14 days ago)
The worlds highest life expectancy is Hong Kong not Japan !! Hong Kong is very polluted, works all day with no exercise and smokes a lot of cigarettes, lives in tiny apartments and very stressful lifestyle! So it's all genetics I think .
ディアスジェレミー (14 days ago)
Japan is probably going to outlive the US's current generation since it's food regulations and the need to be healthy as possible. *_Who else agree?_*
Abdelkoddouss Souleimani (15 days ago)
i love the channel <3
ZFlyingVLover (15 days ago)
I wonder how healthy they'll be with fukushima contaminating their food supply and for that matter the worlds seafood!
ric cervant (15 days ago)
im goin to a Japanese restaurant lol
kilograms? No patreon for you!
magicyou&me (15 days ago)
Japan has a culture that enmeshes "shame & honor " in almost every aspect of their lives from grades, to weight, and even what kind of job you have & how much you make . And the endless societal expectations don't just end there as there is always constant reminders to avoid " bringing shame " on your family , and others which in turn continues to perpetuate this deeply ingrained - life long duty to preserve honor , and avoid shame .
SunzOffski (16 days ago)
Because they are not in The West.
K L (16 days ago)
American is fat and lazy.
iulyan with an i (17 days ago)
why he says america is a country?
dragondescendant1 (17 days ago)
I wouldn't say people in japan eating raw fish with stomach full of tapeworms is considered healthy.
Rafal Molak (17 days ago)
Not anymore... Fukushima.
サラデン将軍 (17 days ago)
Voting Democrat 2018 (17 days ago)
It's the food. Japanese people eat a lot of starch as their main fuel source; Rice and Noodles. Americans eat a lot of high fat, high protein meats, dairy, eggs and oil.
wardrm85 (17 days ago)
They aren't healthy where it counts. I'm talking about birth rate of course!
marioamayaflamenco (17 days ago)
Healthy food? Everyone says that. I think it is meaningless.
Arian (18 days ago)
interesting video. well done.
Roger Gaile (18 days ago)
the 3.5% of obese people are just the sumo wrestlers
Sander Schnydrig (19 days ago)
The reason the cancer rates there are so high is because people get older in these countries (averaged) and the risk of cancer increases when getting older. I mean even Switzerland is on there at place 15 lol
Hughes Le (19 days ago)
Watching this after Thanksgiving..yeh
bob dole (19 days ago)
those cancer rate statistics are very surprising
MiHiHemi (20 days ago)
Not so healthy now with Fukushima spewing radiation for years past and years to come. Pacific is becoming all but dead now.
lemony basil (20 days ago)
Dude if you want Organ meat in the US just go to the Hispanic grocery store..
lex luther (20 days ago)
Japan are Healthy Physically But not Mentally
Rudy Cooper (20 days ago)
What the hell, why so many people get cancer in Denmark?
DELIBRIUM (20 days ago)
Aaaaah another white person so in love with then waifus
L.A. November 2019 (20 days ago)
Yeah, this is kinda misleading. Japanese are seeing skyrocketing type 2 diabetes, and being thin, doesn't necessarily mean you're "healthy". There are all kinds of health problems brewing in Japan, just like everywhere else. And just wait until the full effects of the ongoing nuclear disaster take hold.... And like for like, food is NOT more expensive in Japan, I've lived there too.
Nayuk2010 (21 days ago)
fat shaming?
Ger Gemini (21 days ago)
WOW you sir are a very learned young man. very interesting video - i will dive deeper into some of the points you touched on - thanks for sharing....subbed!
Dmitri Irwin (21 days ago)
The Japanese also get lots of vitamin k and copper I the diet which cleans and builds arteries so they don't have heart attacks
hafiz adruce (21 days ago)
Have you seen sumo wrestlers?
カワシマノゾミ (21 days ago)
AnimeIndianFreak (21 days ago)
Because they watch Anime
The Crimson Mask (21 days ago)
cause all unhealthy people have SUDOKUED
Tatiana Racheva (21 days ago)
The percentage of income spent on food is proportional to the income, though. The less money you have overall, the more of it you spend on food relatively to other things. That’s why we say that sales tax is regressive, as opposed to, say, income tax, because it disproportionately affects the poor.
GunnyFits1 (21 days ago)
Yeah; they are just the world winners when it comes to suicide. Really healthy.
Golden Pearl (21 days ago)
they help people stay thin, but the amount of scurvy...
OriginalSeb (21 days ago)
I see why this was in my recomend...dam
Gavindra Kalikapersaud (21 days ago)
how did you get to live in japan?
Large Vessel (21 days ago)
No dude i could have saved you a bunch of time. Thank you for the video. But its basically just social pressure. Its acceptable to be fat in america. Not to mention how we were raised on the hilarious fake food pyramid. But i would also have to say not that i agree with the fat acceptance movement however people have different metabolisms because of our ethnicity. Japan is mostly a single race from that exact environment. Im a night owl because my ancestors kept watch at night and im fat because there was a lot of times when there wasnt a lot of food because of the snow. And since im a american i dont eat well. its not a excuse im fat becuase i dont take care of myself. It was easier when i could work out. But after a old lady ran a light and smashed into me it wasnt as easy for me to work out like i used to to regulated my weight. However i still come back to the fact that its just much more acceptable to be fat here than japan. If it wasnt acceptable i probably wouldnt be fat. im just being honest. Thats the difference between a rep and a dem. We accept our failures as our own. we dont look to blame someone else.
Large Vessel (21 days ago)
i think cancer has a lot to do with stress.
Willem Schrijver (21 days ago)
Thats a long way to see that American food is industrial crap
Serial Jazzer (22 days ago)
‘Why Are People So Healthy In Japan’ - 😂LMAO, what a joke. I was born and raised in Tokyo (池袋 Ikebukuro) in a military family (father). This included my tour of duty with the U.S. Navy (横須賀 Yokosuka) for a total of about 30 years in Japan. Speak the language like a native. Have you ever visited a hospital in Japan? It is an ABSOLUTE MADHOUSE of patients, from dusk ‘till dawn. The doctors there look like ZOMBIES from working so much overtime. Every Japanese friend I know has some kind of health issue. My Japanese friend just dropped dead at 56. Another one is on kidney dialysis at 55. Most everybody I know is on SEVERAL medications. I’m a 60 yr old American and they all envy how healthy I am. The TRUTH is always hiding behind the curtain.
Tykira (22 days ago)
They don't eat too much unhealthy food everyday and they move around a lot. Plus they drink more water and less sugary teas than sodas.
Nez Ram (22 days ago)
You are showing Korean bbq as a Japanese food @7:32 and @10:45. That’s straight up Korean dishes.
132 Buckleup1000 (22 days ago)
One thing to remember about Japanese food is it generally has a high salt content due partly to extensive use of soya source. Quite alot of Japanese people have high blood pressure.
Jacob Liang (22 days ago)
What will you expect if Lowes and Homdepot are selling chips and candies?
Megan Keegan (22 days ago)
How are they drinking milk if all asians are lactose intolerant?
vaishnavi ramakrishna (22 days ago)
are you a doctor? or ?
Amund Bisgaard (22 days ago)
I liked your reference to Audible. I listen to it as well, typically when driving. Doesn't require any downloads while listening.
Boois Hoois (23 days ago)
Doesn't Japan have one of the highest suicide rates in the world? How's their mental health?
Prabhu Khairnar (23 days ago)
They are healthy because of all the radiation from the atomic bombs dropped in Japan.
Loup Tigris (23 days ago)
why Japanese people are healthy, because they are not united states citizen!
j neilson (23 days ago)
Must be all that wholesome Fukushima radiation....
sayeed hossain (23 days ago)
because japan cares for the well being of its people. quality water, air, food, and health care.
L. C. (23 days ago)
Japanese people are stressed. Alot of them smoke and commit suicide.
annie (23 days ago)
To all of those people saying that Japan actually *isn't* that healthy - his point is that in comparison to America, Japan is PHYSICALLY more healthy. It's undeniable that Japan culture cultivates a high amount of stress and thus mental health issues. However, generally speaking, Japan culture promotes activeness, has an easier access to healthier foods, and is also very weight and health conscious. Every country/place/culture has their unhealthy and healthy aspects, this video focuses on the healthy aspects in Japan. We GET THAT THERE ARE UNHEALTHY/HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS FROM BOTH COUNTRIES. You don't have to point it out saying "Well I'm American and I'm healthy" AKJSDKLAJF;LKASDJF; that's not what this is about
Bob Lewis (24 days ago)
American 'Small Soda' = Japans 'XXXL Soda'.
Matt Trejo (24 days ago)
Why would you drop a strawberry in yogurt without cutting off the green part? Doesn't make any sense.
generally adrian (24 days ago)
but im allergic to fish :(