There is a cool Japan blog I follow called "1000 Things About Japan" and it's written from an expat and her experiences there.

She wrote this on Monday. I think some Americans who have a skewed view of the world might benefit from reading this... and thinking about it.

This isn't my story -- it's the bloggers, I quoted it here

I'm going to let you in on two secrets. First, this is a personal blog. The presentation may obscure that fact, but it is about me, my experiences, and my feelings as much as it is about Japan. Second, I have had an eating disorder for most of my life. Part of that disorder is the distorted notion that having the right body (i.e., a thin one) will cure all of life's problems. If you are thin enough, you will be beautiful, loved, healthy, and have success. In my home culture, in which many people are overweight, this message is served up early and often. Living in Japan has helped correct this distorted thinking. Almost everyone is thin, but many people are ugly, lonely, sick, and unsuccessful. Yes, even thin people get Type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc. I see it often here. There isn't an expansive and incessant cultural message here that thinness is a panacea for your woes (or that fatness is the root of all of them), and personal experience with people who are thin yet still have problems has been a powerful experience for a person with my history.

I'll miss living in a culture which doesn't view attaining a particular body image as the end-all and be-all of answers to life's problems and being around people who have problems despite being thin.

It never occurred to me. Not even once. But our western culture that is so obsessed with thinness and the belief that being overweight is unhealthy totally alters our perspective.

I say this because I am overweight... but I am perfectly healthy, too. I've been checked (full blood work even) to see if I had pre-diabetes, liver issues, high blood pressure, thyroid problems.

Nope. I'm what you would call healthy as a horse. I don't even have an inkling of anything wrong with me. My doctor was a little chuffed. He still recommended weight loss. And while I have been exercising daily for months, I finally added the proper food regimen to the process and I am now losing weight.

But it made me pause, reading this. Maybe we're seeing what we want to see. Because we're conditioned to see it. Even thin people get sick.
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