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Books: Japanese Women One-Up French Women?

In 2004, Veuve Clicquot CEO Mireille Guiliano published a book about healthy living with a French twist, titling it with the bold claim that French Women Don't Get Fat. Not to be outdone, Tokyo native Naomi Moriyama came back with a book about how Japanese women trump French women not only in the weight game but also when it comes to aging!

Recently reprinted as a new edition, Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat addresses the phenomena of Japanese women having both the lowest obesity rate and the highest life expectancy in the industrialized world. The book gives suggestions for non-Western everyday healthy living, emphasizing that the basis for much Japanese cuisine is simplicity. According to Publisher's Weekly:

Cooking tips abound, but what adds a French Women Don't Get Fat angle is the useful eating advice, such as "Hara hachi bunme," or "Eat until you are 80 percent full."

It seems like it's become a war of the skinny cultures, making me wonder how the next author will try to outdo Moriyama's assertion. Which culture will claim that its women don't get fat, old, ugly, sick, or sad or have bad hair days?

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SamanthaB SamanthaB 10 years
I started drinking green tea about 6 months ago. It's amazing! Among other things, my complexion is now perfect, where before it was very uneven & I always had at least one zit. About diets, my weight used to yo-yo. In the past year I've stopped eating flour in any form. I'm now thin. I don't count calories and I'm a choco-holic! I do workout every morning tho'. My memory sucks, but I think I got the *no flour* thing from Oprah. I think that's how she finally got her weight off for good. She stopped eating "white" processed things(flour, sugar).
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
Japanese women aren't known for being thin? Are you serioius? All the big Japanese female celebrities are around 88 pounds. Maybe somewhere in the 90s at most, and they certainly look that thin in pictures! I remember and old article in (I think) Marie Clare that compared the lifestyles, weight, and avg height of different countries around the world. US was one of the highest avg weights (and some of the S. American countries were also very high) and China and Japan had the lowest avg weights--it was something like 5'2" and 105-110 pounds. That's AVERAGE! I'm from Canada, and all my friends who have been to Japan have commented on how small and thin everyone is in Japan, including the guys.
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
Asian women tend to age very well. My mom, who is 52 looks early 40s, and people cannot believe I'm her daughter (I'm 27). I think it has a lot to do with genes, diet and staying out of the sun, I only pray I can age as gracefully. I've never been to France or seen enough older French women to know whether they age well or not, but you really can't say Asians don't! And Japanese people are smaller built, which I think automatically makes them skinnier.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Tifydoess24, unfortunately green tea does have caffeine in it. There are teas that don't have caffeine that have good antioxidants in them like rooibos - there is some info about it on this site: Rooibos - Wikipedia.
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
Does green tea have caffeine? I heard that it is really good for you but Im not allowed to have any caffeine what so ever (not even decaf coffee...sad I know! :) ) So I was wondering if maybe it was something I might be able to try?
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I have an aunt that is Japanese, she's pushing fifty but looks like she's my age (I'm 24!!!). And she's lived in the US half her life! There are a lot of cultures that are healthier than ours (USA). The title of the first book irked me because I've seen plenty of fat french women. Granted, they are known for being thin, the title was very bold to classify the whole female population of France as people who "don't get fat" and I think also insinuated that they were better than everyone else because of it. Just like the French (J/k!).
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
I loved French women don't get fat, but I hate a copy-cat under any circumstances. Also, nothing against Japanese people, but the French are known for being gorgeous and thin. Japanese people aren't associated with being thin or staying young. (The fact that they usually die later doesn't have anything to do with looks.) Don't get me wrong, I think Asian women are gorgeous, but this book doesn't hold the same appeal to me. ~* “I think the thing to do is to enjoy the ride while you're on it.” -Johnny Depp *~
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
I agree with Mme Hart...
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Hmmmm...all of these books should be taken with a grain of reduced-sodium salt. They have good ideas, but turning it into a battle of cultures is a bit silly. There are good and bad examples in every society and eating a sensible diet is universal for staying slim. I notice these are all focused on the industrial nations where junk food and overindulgence is a problem and I seriously hope that ONE of the pay-offs of these books is the recognition that those of us who have food available in abundance abuse it whilst others can barely afford to feed themselves and their families....
Food Food 10 years
There's also "Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too" - I haven't read it, but it looks very similar.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
Japan's obesity rate is rising like everyone else's and though their diets pre 1950 prevents obesity drastically, the more Western diet is starting to take over. Pizza anyone? Basically, don't stuff yourself, drink green tea, eat fish and eat fresh, in-season foods. Other than the green tea part, it's basically any sensible diet. Sub green tea for coffee and you're so money.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
I believe the Posh uses the same philosophy's and eating habits as Japanese women in order to keep her weight down
swwonder swwonder 10 years
I remember when these books came out I was expecting a whole book battle
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