【今日话题】Battling to the Bulge Japanese Office Workers Told to Trim the Fat
CNNANCHOR : Japanese companies are now looking to trim the fat from their bottom line. Well, make that trim their employee's fat bottoms. Now Kyung Lah looks at how a rise in obesity in Japan has the government there and employers looking for new ways to get workers back into shape.
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT : One by one, belly by belly, the guts came out and got measured. Naoki Wada is not looking forward to this.
CNN特派员 景兰: 一人接着一人，一个肚子接着一个肚子，每个人都露出肚皮测量腰围。和田直树可是一点都不期待。
At 93 centimeters, he's overweight, according to the Japanese government, and that just won't do under new national guidelines. And if he doesn't lose weight, his company faces massive fines and increased government health premiums.
"This goal is really tough," says NEC's human relations manager. "It's a challenge."
Companies and local governments must now measure the waistlines of all employees and family members over the age of 40. Men over 85 centimeters and women over 90 centimeters are considered overweight. Now, if you're thinking that's not fat, well, this is a nation that's not so big, but one that is getting bigger.
This is what the traditional Japanese meal looks like: some vegetables, miso soup and some fish. Total calorie count, about 600.
But along came American fast food. This is a Big Mac, large fry and Coke. Total calorie count, 1,300, more than twice the Japanese meal.
You won't find American food in this cafeteria. NEC, facing $19 million in penalties if its employees don't slim down, is encouraging a low-calorie, healthy diet.
Physical test tomorrow.
It's why he's chosen today's healthy meal-hopeful, but not expecting it'll help tomorrow.
So, are you scared?
"Yeah, a little bit," he says.
Hoping to get employees moving, the company pumps out exercise music over the loudspeaker twice a day. It's encouraging employees to take the stairs and exercise at every other floor.
Can you imagine the U.S. government telling people, we want you to go down to a waist size 33?
JOSEPH JASPER, NEC EMPLOYEE : It's difficult to imagine.
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT : American NEC employee Joseph jasper says, sure, this seems a little extreme, but maybe there's a lesson here for his home country.
CNN特派员 景兰: 日本电气公司的美籍员工约瑟夫•贾斯柏说，当然，这么做似乎有些极端，可是也许其中也有值得他的故国学习的地方。
JOSEPH JASPER, NEC EMPLOYEE : There's... there are things we can all learn from each other, and this happens to be something that is, you know, good for your health.
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT : NEC says they can't force employees to slim down, but it has issued Naoki Wada a pedometer, hoping he'll walk in next time with a lighter load.
CNN特派员 景兰: 日本电气公司说他们不能强迫员工瘦下来，可是公司已经发给和田直树一个计步器，希望他下次走进公司的时候能够轻盈一点。