10 REASONS Why Asians Don’t Get FAT

10 REASONS Why Asians Don’t Get FAT


Did you know? Asians don’t get fat There may be some exceptions Ok, this video is on
10 reasons why Asians don’t get fat Now of course, there are Asians
who are fat or chubby Some might in fact be watching
this video right now wondering ‘Why have my Asian genes failed me?!’ So, yes, Asians don’t get fat,
it’s a bit of a generalized statement or stereotype but as a whole, there’s definitely
some truth to it And we’ll get into why that is in this video If you look at this map, you can see
the obesity rates of each country The red to orange countries have
very high obesity rates 25 to 40+% of the population is obese With the U.S. as well as the
Pacific Island nations topping the list The blue to green countries
have low obesity rates About 0 to 10% of the population is obese We know why many of the African countries
come under this Malnutrition and starvation is rampant but if you look at the Asian countries,
most of which have a much higher standard of living what could be the reasons? I should point out that as a whole in Asia,
especially East Asia, obesity rates are increasing and in some countries like China it’s starting to get quite worrying So if we were to look at this map
a decade or so ago many of these Asian countries
would have had an even lower obesity rate Genetics is an obvious factor
so I’m gonna leave that one off the list but it’s really not even that
it’s not necessarily because of one’s genes There are so many other factors
and I’m gonna get into 10 of them right now So, let’s do this 1. Fish & Seafood Asians eat a lot of seafood,
they eat a lot of fish They love fish! No…. not what I meant Aside from the protein and nutrients, the biggest
benefit to eating fish, I’m sure you’ve heard is the omega-3 fatty acids Fish gives our body and brain
the DHA and EPA it needs EPA in particular has been shown to prevent
obesity, or at least assist in weight loss Studies from ‘The American Journal of Nutrition’
suggest that 1.5 to 2 grams daily of fish oil can produce weight loss of a couple of pounds
over a period of a month Fish oil increases fat metabolism in the body
and this enhances weight loss Everywhere in the world, fish has always been
part of man’s diet, not just in Asia but Asian culture, especially Japanese culture has kept this part of their heritage
alive better than most 2. Cooking Methods Everything tastes better deep-fried *Butter* and it’s popular world wide, including Asia But I’m sure I don’t need to mention
how an excess of oily deep-fried foods can affect
your health and weight If you compare Western and Asian eating habits,
sure they both consume deep fried foods but Asian countries vary their cooking methods
a lot more There’s a lot less deep-frying and a lot more
boiling, for example Some of you may think, well that can’t be true
the Chinese food I eat is usually deep-fried before, you know, being coated in some sort
of a sweet sauce Well, that’s probably Chinese-American
food you’re used to Chinese food in America, and in many other
Western countries is more skewed towards the deep-fried,
simply because it sells better Chinese food in China is a lot more varied In fact, deep fried and battered foods
hasn’t really taken off there Although, contrast this with Japan, a country
with a great reputation for health and wellbeing they have a lot of deep fried dishes,
like tempura tonkatsu chicken karaage that one’s my favourite It just goes to show that
if you practice balance you can still have the good stuff 3. Food Perception How people see and experience food
can be different depending on where you are In America, for example,
food is seen more as entertainment There is a desire, there is joy and anticipation
associated with eating It’s a pleasurable event Not that it isn’t in Asian countries,
but it’s a lot more toned down usually Eating has more of a practical feel,
and in many cases closer to being a chore
rather than entertainment That feeling of exhilaration associated with
eating is much more a Western thing “Then we sprinkle on four kinds of sugar…” 4. Portion Size Another difference in eating habits
is portion size Asians eat smaller portions Food is often served in small serving bowls
and small plates and this helps regulate how much
is consumed in one sitting And despite the smaller portions,
often the case there is a wider variety on offer, so
there is more to choose from as well Now if we take a look at America “Yeah, could I get the double quarter pounder
with cheese meal.” “Large or supersize?” “I think I’m gonna have to go supersize!” 5. Leafy Greens Asian portion size in general
might be smaller but their vegetable portion size
is consistently larger especially for leafy greens Yeah in western society, you’re always reminded that: “you have to eat your greens” it’s good for you and all that but in Asia the difference is…
they don’t even need to be reminded They don’t even need to be coerced,
it’s just ingrained And it doesn’t hurt that Asian vegetable dishes
are often packed with flavor and taste I just spat at the camera Contrast that with many Western vegetable
dishes, and I’m sorry to say they can be pretty bland “Would you like some mixed vegetables?” “Hell no” *gasp* 6. Drink Habits It is a common belief that drinking water,
especially cold water, with your meal is a habit that one should avoid as it dilutes your digestive enzymes,
your stomach acid and makes it harder for your stomach
to digest food “You alright?” Americans often drink cold water or sodas
with their meals not so much for Asian people however Rather they drink green tea or other hot teas
before or after a meal Now, I should note that many experts
say that this is greatly exaggerated and that you can drink water,
even cold water, with your meals So, this can be quite confusing But not everyone reacts the same way,
and perhaps minimizing or eliminating your drinks
may lead to better digestion for some individuals If you’re someone who enjoys drinking water
with your meals, that’s ok too there’s research enough to support you
in this practice Either way, one thing’s for certain, the Asian habit
of drinking hot teas, green tea and such as opposed to say Western teas,
with their sugar and milk is good for your digestion It’s loaded with antioxidants,
lowers blood pressure levels and can act as a metabolism booster Quite effective in both the prevention and
reduction of weight gain 7. Population Density Now this one’s not so obvious Many Asian countries, well Asian cities,
are densely populated There are lots of people living in small houses
or small apartments and everything you need is often
just round the corner There’s just a much shorter walking distance Add to that many of these cities have extremely
efficient and reliable transportation systems leading one to possibly conclude that many Asian people must exert LESS energy
in their daily lives than their Western counterparts where everything
is just more spread out So, surely this is one reason why
Asians SHOULD be fatter But, not quite In actuality, Asian people in this circumstance
may end up walking more This is because with everything being
in close proximity they’re more inclined to just
walk to their destination whereas in many Western countries,
distances are often too great so they end up taking some form of transportation,
encouraging less physical exertion “born to be wild” 8. Fermented Foods So Asians consume more fermented foods Such as miso, natto, tempeh,
kimchi, kombucha just to name a few and this is not just good for your gut health but helps reduce the overall inflammation
in the body And inflammation is a contributing factor
to weight gain and obesity Those probiotic pills that people take,
they work the same way Unfortunately in many Western countries,
but not all their food culture does not include
much of any fermented foods But times are changing, and people are more
aware now of the positive affects They are eating more fermented foods
and for most people, it also tastes good “Natto is a traditional Japanese food
made from fermented soybeans” That one might take some getting used to 9. Snacks & Desserts This one’s quite simple Asian snacks, healthy
Western snacks…. nah Asian snacks and desserts may be rice cakes red beans, seaweed snacks nuts, seeds fruit, a lot of fruit For Western snacks and desserts,
you know cookies, chips ice cream, sugary cakes all that good stuff but oh so bad for you 10. Prevention vs Treatment When it comes to health, fitness
and wellbeing Asians practice prevention,
while others practice treatment If you deal with a problem before it even
gets started, you don’t need to treat it With the Western approach,
you have your antibiotics, antacids, NSAIDs quick temporary remedies, that might
actually hurt you in the long run The Asian approach attempts to get to the
root of the problem using nutrition, healthy habits,
prevention practices There’s meditation, martial arts and other
calming daily rituals that clear your mind all to strike a balance between,
I guess, yin and yang And yeah, some of these methods may be
a bit hokey, or maybe not but here I’m talking more about the
general societal mindset how they think and react to issues of wellness ‘Health is not simply the absence of sickness’ So, prevention vs treatment,
you don’t need to lose the weight if you’re never fat The Chinese might get a lot of things right
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  1. This really doesn't need to be said (but apparently it does…):

    ► There is some truth to the stereotype that Asian's don't get fat, but it's NOT a rule.
    ► Not all Asian countries are equal. Some countries fit the points better than others.
    ► I don't claim Asians NEVER get fat (the first thing I say in the video is that of course there are Asians who are fat, as well as giving examples).
    ► East to Southeast Asian countries are what this stereotype is mainly referring to, hence more of those examples.
    ► Non-Asians can easily practice these points too. (as I said, not a rule)
    ► If you are an Asian but live in a Western country or has a Western influenced diet, many of these points don't apply.
    ► Yes sumo wrestlers are fat (although fat and muscly as hell is more accurate). Again, not a rule. Also they made themselves that size on purpose.
    ► About the criticism on my brief comment of Africa, I agree I could have phrased it better. However there's also this: http://lists10.com/top-10-malnourished-countries-world/
    ► I use the all encompassing term 'Asians' (accurate or not) because it's in reference to the stereotype.
    ► This video is purposely analyzing a well-known Asian generalization (just like many videos on this channel) rather than some agenda I have. I would have nothing against making a part 2 devil's advocate video on '10 Reasons Why Asians DO Get Fat' (which I very well might).

    *If you feel I have said something inaccurate in the video, CONSTRUCTIVE feedback is always welcome. And if you disagree with someone in the comments section, there's no need to be aggressive or belittling. Let's keep it civilized.

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  2. 6:39 when i went to japan, in almost every restaurant they standardly give you a big can of water with ice cubes.
    also, if you order a drink you get a shit ton of ice cubes

  3. Genetics cannot be COMPLETELY ignored. I have been told by more than a few Asian people that most Asian people are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerant absolutely involves a person's metabolism. Lactose is a type of acid. So there is SOMETHING UNIQUE about the metabolism of Asians that is NOT common among other groups.

    Also, when you look at Chinese foods loaded with sugary sauces, deep fried foods, and lots of salty fish sauce and soy sauce, noodles/rice. Most Chinese people living in China and Chinese Americans are not overweight. Most non Asian people cannot consume 1/2 the TYPES of food nor the food portions of the Chinese and NOT gain weight.

    You said that Asians eat small portions. Well the deep fried, sugary sauces, lots of soy sauce, lots of carbs, rice/noodles, EVEN IN SMALL portions, most non Asians would still gain weight.

    The lactose intolerant issue IS a metabolism issue. So I will continue to believe that Asians do have a faster metabolism than non Asians.

  4. my family: eat more !! you’re too skinny you need to gain weight
    me: gains weight
    my family: what happened ?!! you’re getting too fat, lose some weight

    what they want from me?? idk

  5. I'm asian. And lucky enough that even though i eat a lot I didn't get fat.. But still very careful of any foods i put in my mouth, not to loose weight but to stay healthy.. ♥
    In my opinion its really depends about self discipline.

  6. Goshdammit what kind of logic is this?
    Every one can get fat here
    People who are born in eastern country has more fat cuz they need to go through winter
    No need for Asians
    You still can get fat if you want to

  7. I'm sorry, but that clip on 0:06 just scared the life out of me!
    edit: not cuz he looks fat, but bc he just stares and laughs like he is gonna kill someone

  8. My Chinese friend: doesn’t know what “auction” means

    Me: WHAT?! YOU DONT KNOW?

    Her: I’m not fully Australian!

    Me: same with me….. and all your friends….

  9. Japan 🇯🇵 and east asia arent't the only one to favor fish as a cultural diet. Many countries in Europe especially in Scandinavia and especially Norway 🇳🇴 love this diet of fish epecially salmon as well. Myself i am from Sweden 🇸🇪 and we also like fish although unlike Norway we don't make that much money out of it when it comes to exporting abroad. Hell norwegian fish has alredy become a cultural dine even in Sweden because of Norway's continues exporting of fish abroad. If you look around you migth even find importated fish from Norway all the way in Japan although it it is common there due to Japan's own industry of fishing.

  10. It’s because we don’t eat many sweets 🍭 🍫 like whites does. White people, sugar everywhere. Like what the fuck? Try eating spicy or salty food instead of sugar

  11. I'm Chinese , I think there is another reason :Culture In China,you may be thought as an idiot if you are too fat and you may be made jokes by others. You will be difficult to make friends except they are fat too.

  12. I’m Asian and I’m overweight 8kg, but I simply eat fish oils and fish every day, and I also love veggies and I only eat soup for lunch and walk just eat a bowl of rice with fish and fish oil made with sesame oil! YUM

  13. WHO LOVES:
    Broccoli
    Doll veggies(it’s just a direct translation of u wanna find out here’s the chinese version 娃娃菜)
    Hating on soda
    Drinking cold water with meals
    ANY KIND OF VEGGIE EXCPT BASIL AND SPIKEY ONES

    I SIMPLY LOVE THEM

    And 1 more: yi noodles with crab😋

  14. well uuhhhhh I'm 100% asian (i cheeked with every single person who is related to me) and I look fat but my weight is average ;-; i want my genes to explain

  15. About the fish and seafood thing….. U can't generalize it as Asian cause in India most of them are vegetarian and so am I.

  16. Ok now my eyes have been opened. I enjoy tea a lot…but I'm not east asian I just kind of hate how if u say "Asian" they think about lots of rice, chop sticks and squinted eyes. WRONG. (But filipinos love rice tho)
    And I kind of like certain vegetables…sometimes…they do taste good… like (sorry for the Filipino terms)
    Kang kong (swamp cabbage)
    Lettuce
    Carrots
    Potatoes
    Squash
    Broccoli
    Cauliflower
    They taste really good you should try them.
    (But I'm still fat TwT)

  17. When you said that one of Asian's snacks are ricecake I mentally exploded. FILIPINO RICECAKES! Like Puto, Bico, and so much more! There's even kinds of puto! (It's actually called kakanin here in the Phil!) (Personal Fave: Puto Bongbong)

  18. A bit unfair to put the guy in who did it in a documentary who criticizes fast food.
    Sencha and oolong teas are the best and of course mostly not fries sea food. And herbs are really a better appettizer than fat but i just dont like raw fat. Hidden bad sugar is bad enough. Asian food is one of the best.

  19. Well, im asian, but im not that fat, i just have a bit of flab on my stomach, probably due to the fact i study for 3 hours instead of do something productive.

  20. Me: Finished my bowl of rice Alright, thanks mom.
    My mom: Wait, wait, wait, are you full yet?
    Me: Ye-
    My mom: Oh my gosh, you need to eat more! EAT!
    My mom: dumps a bunch of food into my plate

  21. 4:52

    I’ll have two number 9s, a number 9 large, a number 6 with extra dip, a number 7, two 45s, one with cheese, and a large soda.

  22. ._. I'm asian, but I do everything opposite of the video. Like I eat a lot and unhealthy junk foods. I don't like any that's healthy, I don't drink much water.. I'm very lazy and dont go out. But I keep losing weight by doing all of this. D:

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