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(Sorry, Texans) Humorous Japan TV Report on HOUSTON Being "Obesity" Capital of USA (Streaming Video)
FNN News Network (Tokyo) Streaming Video (300k, Windows Media Player) ^ | 14 January 2005 | FNN News Network (Tokyo)

Posted on 01/14/2005 8:36:18 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo

Japanese TV (FNN) ran a short report yesterday, highlighting the fact that Houston, Texas was voted as the US city with the most obese population.

The report runs about one minute. It does not seem to be particularly flattering of poor Houston, nor overweight people living there (some which are profiled by telephoto lens). The way the clip is done is interesting, if not somewhat humorous, and from a Japanese perspective of rare obesity (but wait 'til it comes to cigarette smoking).

At any rate, a short peek of how 'some' Americans are viewed and described, from overseas.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bigmacs; calories; chocolate; cholesterol; couchpotato; fastfood; fat; fatcalories; houston; japan; lard; lonestar; mcdonalds; milkshakes; obese; overweight; sausage; texas; transfats; tv
Go to the link, above (for a 300k streaming video in Windows Media format), or go to this URL (the URL may be up for another day but not much longer):

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/fnn/20050114/20050114-00000480-fnn-int.html

Sorry, Freepertexans....

1 posted on 01/14/2005 8:36:19 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

In your face Milwaukee!


2 posted on 01/14/2005 8:38:11 AM PST by kenth (Tagline not fit for human consumption.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Fat bottom girls bump!


3 posted on 01/14/2005 8:41:20 AM PST by subterfuge ("Dems think 'Values' are what you get at WalMart"--subterfuge)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Honest I'm not fat, I'm walking around in my short mode. It makes me wider


4 posted on 01/14/2005 8:42:13 AM PST by handy old one (Never confuse the facts with the issues!!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I RESEMBLE THAT REMARK!!!!


5 posted on 01/14/2005 8:43:18 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Never underestimate the power of human stupidity--Robert Heinlein)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

World's best diet - No flour. No sugar. Everything else is OK.

You will be amazed how well this works.

Try it for a month.


6 posted on 01/14/2005 8:43:20 AM PST by FatherofFive (Choose life!)
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To: handy old one

I ahave the body of a God!!! Budda.


7 posted on 01/14/2005 8:44:19 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Never underestimate the power of human stupidity--Robert Heinlein)
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To: handy old one

I am 5'5". I use that as my excuse for carrying around a couple extra pounds...


8 posted on 01/14/2005 8:48:23 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the decayed feeling...which thinks nothing worth war, is worse." -Mill)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Nice shots of some very large butts!

Of course, Houston won this honor based on everything EXCEPT weight. It's based on such factors as average commute time to work, number of fast food restaurants, air quality, and number of parks.

Being a lardass isn't even one of the criteria.

9 posted on 01/14/2005 8:50:37 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I'm trying to imagine how much Houstonians are concerned about how they're perceived by the Japanese. The Land of the Rising Sun isn't exactly known for its vast fondness or familiarity with other cultures. When I was living in CHicago and traveling in Japan a few years ago, the Japanese would ask where I was from. When I told them "Chicago", they would point their fingers and make a "tommy-gun" noise like "ack-ack-ack-ack!", and say, "Ah, Chee-cah-go! Gangstahs!". I think Al Capone had been dead for fifty or sixty years at that time, but I didn't have the heart to tell them.


10 posted on 01/14/2005 8:52:53 AM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel
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To: Luddite Patent Counsel

Maybe they were trying to talk like Mayor Daley.


11 posted on 01/14/2005 8:54:15 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("The Internet, where men are men, women are men, and little girls are FBI agents..." --Anon.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Isn't Tokyo the birthplace of the extra small size condom?


12 posted on 01/14/2005 8:56:04 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The title defined Subway as fast food restaurants while excluding fast food restaurants called Deli.
13 posted on 01/14/2005 8:56:42 AM PST by Orange1998
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To: AmericanInTokyo

lardbutt bump


14 posted on 01/14/2005 8:57:02 AM PST by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: FatherofFive

I agree with you, no refined sugars or refined flours....it is amazing.


15 posted on 01/14/2005 8:59:32 AM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: subterfuge
I don't think she would look as bad if she wore clothes that fit her properly....more and more I am seeing women especially young women running around with clothes that are not appropriate for their shapes and sizes (ie hip huggers with a little belly flab hanging over).
16 posted on 01/14/2005 9:01:52 AM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Well....as they say..."Everything's big in Texas".


17 posted on 01/14/2005 9:04:43 AM PST by Busywhiskers (You can lead a man to knowledge, but you can't make him think.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

mmmm...female newscaster....


18 posted on 01/14/2005 9:05:18 AM PST by ko_kyi
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To: jimbo123

Somebody had to the first (on this thread) to change the subject! :-)


19 posted on 01/14/2005 9:07:17 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Anyone else see irony in prioritizing Iraq [w/no nukes] as N. Korea kept on making nukes [9 now] ?)
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To: Luddite Patent Counsel

Yeah. Kinda' like (some) Americans actually have the nerve to inquire what the driving time from Tokyo to Hong Kong is, or "just where in Japan that Seoul is?".etc. etc.. :-0


20 posted on 01/14/2005 9:09:14 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Anyone else see irony in prioritizing Iraq [w/no nukes] as N. Korea kept on making nukes [9 now] ?)
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To: jimbo123

Isn't Tokyo the birthplace of the extra small size condom?
****
So are you saying Godzilla was wishful thinking?


21 posted on 01/14/2005 9:10:07 AM PST by BriarBey
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To: BriarBey

i'll let you make those value judgements :-)


22 posted on 01/14/2005 9:10:55 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Anyone else see irony in prioritizing Iraq [w/no nukes] as N. Korea kept on making nukes [9 now] ?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Domo Atagetto....or how ever the heck you spell that...lol


23 posted on 01/14/2005 9:12:28 AM PST by BriarBey
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To: BriarBey
"Oy. Houston wo sonnani bashinggu suruna!"

"Hey, go easy on Houston, will you!" (Might be what they would say...)


24 posted on 01/14/2005 9:15:05 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Anyone else see irony in prioritizing Iraq [w/no nukes] as N. Korea kept on making nukes [9 now] ?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Houston won the title because Houston is where my ex-wife lives.


25 posted on 01/14/2005 9:21:16 AM PST by donmeaker (Burn the UN flag publicly.)
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To: Dog Gone

And number of sporting goods stores!

A town that has fewer sporting goods stores is assumed to be "fat."


26 posted on 01/14/2005 9:28:29 AM PST by Redbob
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To: AmericanInTokyo

What did strike me about sightseeing in Japan is how very very few overweight people you see.

Also how there must be some federal law regulatiing how tall people can be...


27 posted on 01/14/2005 9:30:08 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Redbob
there must be some federal law regulatiing how tall people can be...

I remember liking the fact that I could look over the top of everyone's head in the subway.

28 posted on 01/14/2005 9:36:38 AM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Redbob
The amount of walking in Japan in one day (up the stairs, down the stairs, down the street, up the stairs, down the train platform, out of the station, over the bridge, up the stairs at the supermarket, back home, etc) must clearly by 10x the average amount walked daily by Americans (and maybe 20x the average amount for Houston-ites). Added up by the weekly and monthly basis, that is many many more calories stored simply by Japanese (at least in cities) of walking from place to place. Not to mention food portions generally 1/2 to 1/3 of America in public places. That will do it.
29 posted on 01/14/2005 10:18:03 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Anyone else see irony in prioritizing Iraq [w/no nukes] as N. Korea kept on making nukes [9 now] ?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

per previous post: "stored" = "burned"


30 posted on 01/14/2005 10:19:10 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Anyone else see irony in prioritizing Iraq [w/no nukes] as N. Korea kept on making nukes [9 now] ?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

A few years back my wife and I were in a somewhat expensive Japanese restaurant along Westheimer Road (In Houston where we live) enjoying some teriyaki and sushi. After were were done with our entrees, we asked the petite waitress for another bowl of rice. She looked at us with wide eyes and mouth agape and exclaimed, "YOU WANT ANOTHER BOWL OF RICE?!" We still laugh about that. It was just a cup of white rice. I felt like saying, "Yeah honey, if you don't bring it soon we're gonna eat you next."


31 posted on 01/14/2005 10:25:39 AM PST by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: Liberal Classic

I got a chuckle out of that....


32 posted on 01/14/2005 12:12:55 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Anyone else see irony in prioritizing Iraq [w/no nukes] as N. Korea kept on making nukes [9 now] ?)
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