Most Japanese female high school students see themselves as fat

  • 51.9% of female high-school students in Japan see themselves as overweight, or simply fat
  • This means most Japanese high school girls are facing more pressure to diet than is necessary
  • 23% of girls in Japan said they are “satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their body shape

51.9% of the female high-school students in Japan see themselves as overweight, or simply fat, as per a story posted by Asia One.

This data is based on an international comparative survey recently conducted by the National Institution for Youth Education; an institution under the jurisdiction of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry.

The body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more which is considered obese in Japan, only holds 2.7% among the population. This fact means most high school girls are facing more pressure to diet than is necessary.

The survey, which asked about 8,500 high school students from Japan, the United States, China and South Korea on issues about lifestyle and health consciousness, was conducted in September to November last year.

They were asked how they perceive their own body shape, and the ratio of female students who answered “I am overweight” or “I am a little overweight” was higher in Japan than in the other three countries. The United States, being the lowest, got 19.7%.

However, 23% of girls in Japan said they are “satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their body shape.

Fact-checked against the following source(s) :

Asia One, Phuket News