OKINAWA (not saitama) (11)

1 Name: ⊂二二二( ^ω^)二二二⊃ : 1993-09-4735 13:22

Burgers and booze have bloated waistlines so much in Japan's southern island of Okinawa that authorities in the capital have launched a slimming competition.
Girths are growing across Japan as lifestyles and diets have become more Westernised and a Health Ministry report reveals 29% of men aged 20-60 are overweight compared with 24% in 2000.
But the problem is at its worst in the far-flung island of Okinawa, said a spokeswoman for the city of Naha, where 45.4% of men in their 40s and 50s are obese.
The spokeswoman said Okinawa, which has tumbled down Japan's longevity rankings, could partly blame burger-munching Americans who ruled the islands from the end of World War II until 1972 and the thousands of US troops still stationed there.
"In the past, we had a plain and healthy diet, but ever since the American rule, our diet has become Americanised," she said.

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