Japan got a law in 2008 where being obese is illegal. If your waist is bigger than 90 or 85 cm (Depending on which sex you're), you're considered obese and needs to lose weight. You don't need to go to jail, but you needs to go down in weight and if you can't manage it on your own, you gets professionals to help you losing your weight. They helps you making a exercise and eating plan.
In addition if a employer is overweight and doesn't slim down, his/her workplace have to pay a fine. In a Japanese work place they do exercise. They do enforce the law checking every people in the country and measuring their waist.
(Source: NRK. no - Norway's official news channel and page which is taxed, YouTube video)
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Eeeh... I'm torn.
On the one, I find such a law quite an infringement on personal freedom. It shouldn't be anyone's concern how I live and what I consume.
On the other hand, we all know that obesity is a huge problem in modern society and that it creates tremendous costs for the national health system. Obesity is currently the #1 cause of death in developed nations.
Also, helping people to lose weight by providing professional assistance is a positive thing I think. I certainly wouldn't say 'no' to a free personal trainer ;-).
So overall, I probably lean more to supporting such a law than disagreeing. However, in the context of Japanese culture and society, I have to say I find it extremely hypocritical. Japanese students and employees get almost no sleep and they have to work very hard. In that sense, Japanese people don't live very healthily. So while it is good to care about people's health, the concerns don't seem earnest when the society and culture tell the people to work themselves half to death.0