Wednesday, November 11, 2009

As the health care debate rages in the US, Tokyo lawmakers set a maximum waist size.

Concerned about rising rates of dreaded metabolic syndrome in a graying nation, Japanese lawmakers last year set a maximum waistline size for anyone age 40 and older: 85 centimeters (33.5 inches) for men and 90 centimeters (35.4 inches) for women.