Tips for a Healthy Family – Japanese Style
Summary & Review of Moryama and Doyle.
Japan are the undisputed world champions of Healthy Life Expectancy for both men and women. Japan also has the lowest child obesity levels in the world – despite their society facing the same temptations as ours such as too much screen time and junk food. So is there anything we in Scotland can learn from Japanese attitudes to food and health?
Our six year old always says “5 second rule!” after she drops a sweet on the floor, then picks it up and pops it in her mouth. Both mum and grandmother passed down the phrase to her (and the bad habit) but the old adage simply is not true. Wiping food after its fallen on the floor, doesn’t work. Blowing on it doesn’t work either. If food lands on the floor, then it will pick up more germs than if it hadn’t fallen on the floor. Simple as that. So if it falls on the floor, chuck it in the bin.