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Volume11
MonthNovember
Year2009
TitleAn International Perspective on Battling the Bulge: Japan's ANti-Obesity Legislation and its Potential Impact on Waistlines Around the World
Author(s)Christin Lawler
First Page287
AbstractThis Comment identifies six factors which my be analyzed to predict the outcome of Japan's new "Metabo" legislation: (1) the compelling need for anti-obesity legislation; (2) the broad authority vested in Japanese physicians and medical policymakers; (3) the Japanese cultural emphasis on harmony; (4) the structure of the Japanese Constitution; (5) the legislation's enforcement mechanisms; and (6) the costs of the program. This Comment predicts that although the cost of implementing the program could pose a serious impediment to initiating the anti-obesity campaign on a national scale, the new legislation is likely to succeed in decreasing Japanese obesity.