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Are Countries that Value Cooking the Healthiest Countries?

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Created September 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

THinking about it, I realized there seems to be a trend in that countries that have a reputation for high quality cooking and fine cuisine seem to also have a reputation for being healthier. The old school Japanese immediately come to mind. Each meal was expected to be prepared fresh and carefully to look and taste as delicious as possible. The French are another example. Of course, fresh food tends to be the most delicious. Can people think of other countries that do or do not fit this pattern? Could simply eating fresh whole food be a large part of a health solution for this country?

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on October 02, 2010
at 10:34 PM

South Koreans and Japanese have very slight builds, makes it much easier to hide 'skinny fatness' behind a 'healthy' bmi.

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on September 30, 2010
at 05:01 PM

At the risk of being anecdotal and controversial at best here.. I've known two 16 year old pregnant girls who happened both to be overweight. There's something rewarding to these girls to have a boy sleep with them when widely seen as ugly by society - as to why proper birth control isn't used is something i don't even want to get into.

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on September 28, 2010
at 09:30 PM

For 90% of people, a higher BMI is highly correlated with obesity. Just not in fitness circles.

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on September 28, 2010
at 07:16 PM

According to bmi that is

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on September 28, 2010
at 07:16 PM

Those are BMI #s, not real reliable when I comes to obesity.. I'm overweight and approaching obesity with visible abs...

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on September 28, 2010
at 03:32 PM

Hmm... Good question. I wonder if simplicity in preparation isn't a factor, too.

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on September 28, 2010
at 10:56 PM

Hmm, it's interesting because yuppie Brooklyn, where I live, is filled with people who never cook or who eat out constantly including yours truly. People are much thinner than most of the US here.

And as mentioned before: Indians eat a ton of homecooked food lovingly fried in cheap rancid seed oils. Hence the ballooning diabetes rates. I also know tons of Mexican immigrant families that use hydrogenated lard for their home cooking.

I think there is a demographic transition of sorts: traditional cultures often have naturally healthy diets, which are disrupted by cheap industrial foods because their diets are about tradition rather than science, and then you have Brooklyn where people are realizing WHY traditional foods are healthy and asking for real ingredients.

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on October 02, 2010
at 11:55 PM

Lived in Japan 15 years with my Japanese wife and can say the Japanese diet is absolutely loaded with animal fat, contrary to popular belief. I wonder about their diet alone being responsible for their longevity however: before WWII, when their diet was supposedly "purer" than today, the average life span was only 50. I think their longevity might be affected by their excellent universal health care system. But, yes, they DO care about cooking. My wife detests all American cooking but won't give up her. Japanese rice.

Keep in mind, the Industrial Revolution added 25-30 years to all our lives - we no longer freeze in the winter and have to work our selves to death.

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on September 29, 2010
at 01:27 PM

also look at the correlation graphs to obesity - very interesting! http://www.nationmaster.com/correlations/hea_obe-health-obesity

so, teenage pregnancy rates strongly correlate to obesity? who would have thought.. and, why? cultural differences? social mutual control factors? education?

also, the soft drink consumption rate alone (216 liters/year) could explain why the US is leading the pack.. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/foo_sof_dri_con-food-soft-drink-consumption

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on September 30, 2010
at 05:01 PM

At the risk of being anecdotal and controversial at best here.. I've known two 16 year old pregnant girls who happened both to be overweight. There's something rewarding to these girls to have a boy sleep with them when widely seen as ugly by society - as to why proper birth control isn't used is something i don't even want to get into.

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on October 02, 2010
at 09:10 PM

I spent 9 months living in Iceland (and I??m moving back next summer!), and just from my experience there I would say... Probably not. Maybe, but probably not. Icelanders are insanely healthy, and while they eat great food that I think is absolutely delicious, I wouldn't say they put much emphasis on cooking... At least not anything close to the French or Japanese. Most food prep there is pretty simple, basic. Not much thought for herbs or spices, at least in the traditional cooking. Not that they need to though, the fat sources there are amazing and very flavourful... Grass fed lamb, wild fish/shellfish, full fat dairy, wild berries, tubers - The Icelandic diet in a nutshell. It??s a paleo dream (especially if you're dairy friendly, as people love to shove Skyr and bowls of bilberries saturated with pure cream at you :P)

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:47 AM

I come from Poland where no one was going to restaurants or ate ready food. All was cooked and prepared. Only seasonal veggies/fruits were used, b/c there is a small veggie/food store on every other corner.

Bread is still the most popular, with hundreds of styles, kinds of characters. It's delicious, btw. It was coming from real, local bakery, but it's still bread. Milk was only raw, from local dairy.

Cakes and baked products were also very popular.

Meat and fish (mostly small ones, like herring) known in many styles.

I've recently read that Poland leads in stomach cancer, which might be a result of changes in lifestyle and also the result of the cultural changes after communism.

But even with all of that, when I was a kid I knew only two overweight persons, both diabetic. There were chubby people, and men with "beer belly", but not obese.

I think the cuisine itself isn't that bad, with a lot of meat and veggies, but there is so many other factors (the highest cigarettes consumption per capita in the world), unhealthy living conditions, very little exercise outside of work, alcohol consumption, environmental issues and so on, that it is hard to tell what is the consequence of diet and what is the result of many other factors or their combinations.

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on September 28, 2010
at 09:28 PM

India and China are topping the charts in diabetes (though having huge populations adds to that). Traditionally, I think people consider Chinese (not American-Chinese food, more focused on local meat, veggies and not huge portions of rice) and Indian food (no meat, lentils, rice and again, portion size) as healthy. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-03-24/china-tops-world-diabetes-ladder-as-economic-boom-spurs-obesity.html Interesting that they weren't included on the obesity link above, though I believe the data for these countries wasn't included/measured.

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on September 28, 2010
at 07:05 PM

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_obe-health-obesity

switzerland is the 1st non-asian country, yay! ;p

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on September 28, 2010
at 09:30 PM

For 90% of people, a higher BMI is highly correlated with obesity. Just not in fitness circles.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on September 28, 2010
at 07:16 PM

According to bmi that is

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on September 28, 2010
at 07:16 PM

Those are BMI #s, not real reliable when I comes to obesity.. I'm overweight and approaching obesity with visible abs...

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

(4183)

on October 02, 2010
at 10:34 PM

South Koreans and Japanese have very slight builds, makes it much easier to hide 'skinny fatness' behind a 'healthy' bmi.

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