Healthy Choices Japan vs. America

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When comparing the weight of people in Japan and the United States, a significant difference emerges. In the U.S., where the obesity rate among adults is around 30%, the presence of over 243,000 fast food establishments plays a role. In contrast, Japan boasts a mere 6,169 such establishments, resulting in an obesity rate of only 3.5%. The key factor? The food environment.

While both countries offer fast food options, Japan provides a diverse range of quick and healthy alternatives. The prevalence of 5,000 "rice bowl" establishments, including well-known names like Yoshinoya and Sukiya, contributes to a healthier food landscape. In Japan, even convenience stores offer reasonably healthy choices such as rice balls, salads, and soups, providing a stark contrast to the limited and often unhealthy options found in American convenience stores.


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

2- What contributes to the healthier food landscape in Japan, offering alternatives to fast food?

3- What sets Japanese convenience stores apart from American convenience stores, promoting healthier food choices?


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