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Japan hates fat people (and when was 35.4 inch waists fat anyway?)

Okay I'm not sure if you've seen this article, but here it is:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/13/world/asia/13fat.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

(sorry can't remember offhand how to insert links)

And for those who don't have time to read the whole article, basically Japan is going on a nation-wide campaign to seek out and punish those supposedly fat people - and get this: their standard for being 'fat' is males with waists above 33.5 inches and women with waists above 35.4 inches. These fat people will then have to undergo re-education to learn how to slim down, and, should they still 'violate' the rule after 6 months, the state will step in and tell them what to eat. 1984 anyone?

Furthermore, companies that have employees that are not 'slim' will face financial penalties. If this isn't discrimination, I don't know what is. With this law in place, companies WILL hire discriminately based on weight, and those already hired should really start fearing for their livelihoods.

BESIDES, when was a 35.5 inch waist considered fat anyway? I know a friend who has a 37 inch waist - she runs about 40k a week, and when she did a body-fat test, hers was only 17% of her weight, when most females (yes, those with 24 inch waists) have about 20-24%.
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