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1 Diet and Health Issues of The Japanese By Lucienda Taylor Nutrition 3420, 11/2/09

2 Presentation Overview Cultural Background Traditional Dietary Practices Dietary Analysis Results Traditional Health Care Practices Current Health Issues

3 Regional Location of Japan

4 Background Information Divided into three historic periods Aristocratic Population mostly rural and poor Foods associated with Japan introduced by China Buddhism introduced (545 BC) by Korea Middle Ages (Samurai) Warlords competed in displays of power & refinement Travelling – Bento boxes & Sushi Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch Modern 1856 Commodore Perry forced Japan to allow outsiders Ashkenazi & Jacob, 2003

5 Japanese Cultural Beliefs Shinto Humans inherently good Purity/Pollution Buddhism Harmony Family Nature Society Imbalance Poor diet Lack of exercise Conflict Ashkenazi & Jacob, 2003; Kittler & Sucher, 2008

6 Traditional Dietary Practices Hara hachi bunme Limited foods Appearance important Fresh is best New Years Celebration Tea Ritual Moriyama, 2005; Kittler & Sucher, 2008


8 Breakfast: Miso soup, umeboshi, rice garnished with nori, pickled vegetables. Meal Patterns Lunch (lightest meal): Sushi and noodles. Dinner (main meal): Rice, soup, vegetables, grilled fish or meat. Snack (Oyatsu): Noodles, peeled and cut fruit, rice cracker, mochi gashi. Kittler & Sucher, 2008; Moriyama, 2005

9 Lets EAT!!


11 Dietary Analysis Teriyaki Fish Japanese-style omelet (Tamago) Soba noodles Rice cakes Edemame Japanese persimmon Rice Atlantic Mackerel Green tea Miso soup Carrots & Spinach Seaweed Umeboshi Based on 20 year old, 110 pound, active 51 female. Beverages included water and green tea. Diet Analysis, 2009

12 Diet Analysis Results My Pyramid Diet Analysis, 2009

13 Dietary Analysis Results CHO, PRO, FAT Calorie intake was 100% of DRI Goal Diet Analysis, 2009

14 Dietary Analysis Results Fats and Cholesterol Cholesterol intake was 960 mg (320% of DRI) EFA Omega-6 was 129% of DRI Omega-3 was 180% of DRI Diet Analysis, 2009

15 Dietary Analysis Results Vitamins and Minerals Diet Analysis, 2009

16 Traditional Health Practices Harmony and cleanliness extremely important. Conflict disrupts proper flow of energy and leads to illness. Herbal medicine (kampo) growing in popularity. Energy flow can be restored by: Resolution of conflict Acupuncture Moxibustion Massage Kittler & Sucher, 2008

17 Current Health Issues High salt intake linked to: Gastric Cancer Hypertension Stroke Stress-induced illness – koroshi (death from work) Osteoporosis (insufficient Calcium intake) Diabetes (prevalent at smaller BMIs) Kittler & Sucher, 2008; Liu & Russell, 2008; Nagura, et al., 2009; Sakurai, et al., 2009

18 Counseling Avert eyes as a sign of respect. Silence is valued – listen and be patient. Formality and politeness is essential. Emotional outbursts are seen as immature. Extremely high-context culture. Generally, non-touching. Kittler & Sucher, 2008

19 Summary Japan foods focus on fresh foods, rice and seafoods. The diet is high in essential fatty acids, but low in calcium, vitamin E and vitamin D. High salt content may be responsible for many chronic health conditions and high rates of cancer. When counseling, must be patient during long silences. Individual needs are secondary to that of family/society.

20 It has been said of Japanese food that it is a cuisine to be looked at rather than eaten. I would go further and say it is to be meditated upon, a kind of silent music evoked by the combination of lacquerware and the light of a candle flickering in the dark. - Junichiro Tanizaki

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