Unlike western women in the developed countries, most of the Japanese women are generally skinny. Below are some of the reasons why Japanese girls are slim and thin.
Why Japanese women prefer to be slim
Due to peer pressure, the trend for Japanese young women who are in their 20s are likely to be thin compared to American women where obesity rates have doubled since 1980.
As Japanese society operates largely based on how one fits into the society comfortably and unobtrusively, this behavior totally differ from Western societies where individuality is celebrated.
There is a huge amount of peer pressure to conform and the pressure on Japanese women to stay slim is tremendous. So much so that Japanese women are extremely critical of their friends’ weight and they monitor each other closely to see how slim they are.
Japanese girls’ misconception about overweight
Japanese women and teenagers always think they are very fat where in fact their daily calorie consumption are often 60% of an average adult’s actual energy intake.
Media influences Japanese women
Japanese media, magazines, billboards featuring images of gorgeous, very thin women from the western culture bombard Japanese women daily. Young Japanese girls are heavily influenced by American pop culture.
A bit about Japanese women
Japanese women have the belief that wives should be full-time homemakers whereas only Japanese men should hold a job. Young Japanese women are marrying later and the stigma is becoming less for those staying single. However those who marry are having fewer babies. The Japan national birth rate is 1.34 per couple in 2007, one of the lowest in the world.
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