Japan enjoys the longest life expectancy in the world and the lowest average body mass index among Asian countries (except North Korea). We Americans, with one-third of our population obese and another one-third overweight, do not enjoy such favorable health statistics. But a lower body mass index among Asians does not guarantee ideal health.
Ref lections on Japanese cuisine
Mary H. Hager, PhD, RD, is former director of Regulatory Affairs, American Dietetic Association, Washington, DC, and served as interim vice president for their government affairs office. She also was a professor of Foods and Nutrition at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, and founding associate dean of the college’s graduate programs. She currently is a full-time alien resident in Tokyo, Japan.
The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Correspondence: Mary H. Hager, PhD, RD, Hager & Associates, 88 East Main St, Ste 134, Mendham, NJ 07945 (firstname.lastname@example.org).