Healthy Choices Japan vs. America

Level 2 Level 3

If you've ever been to Japan, you might have noticed that many people there are not as big as in the United States. In America, about 30% of adults are considered overweight, while in Japan, only 3.5% face the same issue. Why is that? One big reason is the kind of food available. In the U.S., there are a lot of fast food places—over 243,000! In Japan, there are much fewer—only 6,169. This means there are about 15 times more fast food restaurants in the U.S. compared to Japan.

In Japan, even though they have some fast food, they also have many places where you can get healthy and quick meals. Convenience stores in Japan, about 55,000 of them, offer things like rice balls, sushi, salads, and soups that are much healthier than what you find in American convenience stores. This makes it easier for people in Japan to choose healthier options.


1- What is a significant difference in the availability of fast food establishments between the United States and Japan?

2- How many convenience stores are there in Japan, providing a variety of healthier meal options?

3- What makes it easier for people in Japan to choose healthier food options compared to the United States?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article What I've Learned.