10 REASONS Why Asians Don't Get FAT

  • Published on Dec 10, 2016
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    Now of course, there are Asians who are fat or chubby, so the title is a bit of a generalized statement or stereotype, but as a whole, there's definitely some truth to it. Genetics is an obvious factor so I'm gonna leave that one off the list.
    1. Fish & Seafood
    Asians eat a lot of seafood. The biggest benefit to eating fish is the omega-3 fatty acids. Fish gives our brain and body the DHA & EPA it needs. EPA in particular has been shown to prevent obesity. 1.5 to 2 grams daily of fish oil can produce weight loss of a couple pounds over a period of a month.
    2. Cooking Methods
    If you compare Western and Asian eating habits, sure they both consume deep fried foods, but Asian countries vary their cooking methods a lot more.
    3. Food Perception
    How people see and experience food can be different depending on where you are. In America, for example, food is seen more as entertainment. There is desire, joy and anticipation associated with eating. Not that it isn't in Asian countries, but it's a lot more toned down. Eating has more of a practical feel, in many cases closer to being a chore rather than entertainment.
    4. Portion Size
    Asians eat smaller portions. Food is often served in small serving bowls and small plates and this helps regulate how much is consumed in one sitting. Now if we take a look at America? SUPERSIZE!
    5. Leafy Greens
    Asian portion size in general might be smaller, but their vegetable portion size is consistently larger. In many Asian countries, people don't even need to be reminded to eat their veg. It's just ingrained.
    6. Drink Habits
    It is a common belief that drinking water, especially cold water, with your meal is a habit that one should avoid, as it dilutes your digestive enzymes and makes it harder for your stomach to digest food. Americans often drink cold water or sodas with their meals, not so much for Asian people however. Rather they drink hot teas before or after a meal. I should note that many experts say this is greatly exaggerated and that it's generally ok to drink water with your meals.
    7. Population Density
    Many Asian countries & cities are densely populated. There are lots of people living in small apartments and almost everything you need is just round the corner. Leading one to possibly conclude that many Asian people must exert less energy in their daily lives. In actuality, Asian people in this circumstance may end up walking more. With everything being in close proximity, they are more inclined to just walk to their destination, whereas in many Western countries, distances are often too great.
    8. Fermented Foods
    Asians consume more fermented foods such as miso, natto, tempeh, kimchi, kombucha, etc, and this is not just good for your gut health, but helps reduce the overall inflammation in the body. And inflammation is a contributing factor to weight gain and obesity.
    9. Snacks & Desserts
    This one's quite simple. Asian snacks, healthy, Western snacks, not so much. Asian snacks and desserts may be rice cakes, red beans, seaweed snacks, nuts, seeds, and lots of fruit. For Western snacks and desserts, you have cookies, chips, ice cream, sugary cakes.
    10. Prevention vs Treatment
    Asians practice prevention, while others practice treatment. With the Western approach, you have your antibiotics, antacids, NSAIDs, quick, temporary, remedies that might actually hurt you in the long run. The Asian approach attempts to get to the root of the problem using nutrition, healthy habits, prevention practices. It's a societal mindset. Health is not simply the absence of sickness.

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Comments • 13 082

  • Kento Bento
    Kento Bento  Year ago +1749

    This really doesn't need to be said (but apparently it does...):
    ► There is some truth to the stereotype that Asian's don't get fat, but it's NOT a rule.
    ► Not all Asian countries are equal. Some countries fit the points better than others.
    ► I don't claim Asians NEVER get fat (the first thing I say in the video is that of course there are Asians who are fat, as well as giving examples).
    ► East to Southeast Asian countries are what this stereotype is mainly referring to, hence more of those examples.
    ► Non-Asians can easily practice these points too. (as I said, not a rule)
    ► If you are an Asian but live in a Western country or has a Western influenced diet, many of these points don't apply.
    ► Yes sumo wrestlers are fat (although fat and muscly as hell is more accurate). Again, not a rule. Also they made themselves that size on purpose.
    ► About the criticism on my brief comment of Africa: lists10.com/top-10-malnourished-countries-world/
    ► I use the all encompassing term 'Asians' (accurate or not) because it's in reference to the stereotype.
    ► This video is purposely analyzing a well-known Asian generalization (just like many videos on this channel) rather than some agenda I have. I would have nothing against making a part 2 devil's advocate video on '10 Reasons Why Asians DO Get Fat' (which I very well might).
    *If you feel I have said something inaccurate in the video, CONSTRUCTIVE feedback is always welcome. And if you disagree with someone in the comments section, there's no need to be aggressive or belittling. Let's keep it civilized.
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    FAITHFUL WITH JESUS 4 hours ago

    U right I was skinny little when I lived in Nepal (which is in Asia) but since I moved to the United states I grow fatter bcuz McDonald's :(

  • ItsVery Dank
    ItsVery Dank 13 hours ago

    *Kim Jong Un has entered the chat*

  • #dreameryt punisher
    #dreameryt punisher 18 hours ago

    You're right I'm an Asian from china and Philippines I'm half Filipino

  • funny death momo
    funny death momo 21 hour ago

    Beef and beckon,MC #obiuhdjsi

  • Alex Wu
    Alex Wu 22 hours ago

    He talking about the fucking Japanese not Asia!!

  • John Melody Melissa

    Speaking of food? Think Malaysia

  • yin yang
    yin yang Day ago


  • Agnustos Tribus
    Agnustos Tribus Day ago

    yeah, warm water when I wake up,

  • A V
    A V Day ago

    Bangladesh!!!!!! MY country!!!!!!

  • Tanti said
    Tanti said Day ago

    I work hard to fit in that ridiculous stereotype.

  • BigaSs PuMp
    BigaSs PuMp Day ago

    0:51 look at africa nibba 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Lon makara
    Lon makara 2 days ago

    asians eat rice . stupid!

  • Rogue2AdogStory
    Rogue2AdogStory 2 days ago

    Welp ur wrong also the dislike button works :)

  • Favmir
    Favmir 2 days ago

    Portion size is the biggest deal imo.
    When you compare the portion size of McDonalds in East Asia and U.S. the difference is staggering

  • Responding To
    Responding To 2 days ago

    I have skinny arms but a fat stomach....

  • Trash Melancholic
    Trash Melancholic 2 days ago

    Am I the only Asian who doesn't like deep fried foods and eggs?

  • YøunG
    YøunG 2 days ago

    I'm Asian and I am fit because I watch what I eat and work out 5 days per week, not because of asian genes.

  • Kara Penny
    Kara Penny 2 days ago

    I gain wait from drinking tea and eating lettuce I ate like an Anorexic for a month and gained 5 pounds like apple a day keeps the dying away

  • Kanorio Eve
    Kanorio Eve 2 days ago

    'Malnutrition and starvation' is only 'rampant' in some parts of Africa, thanks. Specifically marginalised areas during dry seasons. Majority of the continent has fertile land that allows healthy living. Kindly get your facts right. We're tired of generalisations.

  • That one Spy main
    That one Spy main 2 days ago

    I look very skinny just my stomach is huge

  • sirens rafael
    sirens rafael 2 days ago

    No wonder I’m a fat cunt. I drink ice cold soda during meals,love fried chicken,don’t eat fish and veggies that often

  • sirens rafael
    sirens rafael 2 days ago

    I don’t get fat. I get thick and juicy henny

  • A D
    A D 2 days ago

    Oh my god, what a fucking load of shit!!!!!!!!!
    EAST ASIANS = Ethnic Chinese (in any country/region), Vietnamese, Koreans and Japanese... they are GENETICALLY BLESSED. THAT is why they don’t get fat. GENETICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    Southeast Asians are not genetically blessed in this department, but they generally are poorer and live in the tropics, that’s why they don’t get fat. Thai people aren’t poor but they live in the tropics and 14% of Thais have some Chinese genetics.
    The Phillipines has plenty of fat middle-class people and so does Indonesia (obviously, not the genetically blessed Ethnic Chinese Indonesians).
    I have heard enough shit from arrogant Chinese people who go on and on about this shit, that their food is some superior cuisine that keeps them thin.
    I’ve had Chinese people here in Australia say to me that Westerners are fat because they eat dairy!!!!!! Like WTAF???? Then the Chinese should be fat for eating fried food and all the absolute junk processed food in the Asian grocer if we are fat for eating nutritious dairy products!!!
    My family were Italian-Australian, we ate very low amounts of processed food, lots of fresh produce, olive oil, yeah I guess we ate shitloads of white bread which is terrible, but still we had a very good Mediterranean diet, but most of my family put on weight very easily due to.......GENETICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or what I refer to as our FAT GENES!!!!!!
    Sorry East Asians, but some of your food is crap too!!!! Sick of hearing your theories on how shit Western food is and how fat we are!!
    Bye!!!! Don’t give a fuck about you!!!

  • Xingxing Mo
    Xingxing Mo 2 days ago

    And Asians believe being slim is more beautiful😊😊😊

  • Mxko .3.
    Mxko .3. 3 days ago

    This video is the opposite of me

  • Unbreakable G
    Unbreakable G 3 days ago

    Im asain and fat
    People thinks im jealous of fat people because they think im not fat
    Im jealous of people who is fit
    *eats alot anyways*

  • Flapjackpants 23
    Flapjackpants 23 3 days ago +1

    I am 96% Chinese, 3% Malay, and 1% Mongolian.

    I am fat.

    Y tho?

  • evil morty
    evil morty 3 days ago

    Where my fat Asians at

  • speedbarrier SRA
    speedbarrier SRA 3 days ago

    It’s cuz we superior beings

  • MimiSter
    MimiSter 3 days ago

    My little brother has fat metoblism so that's why he's skinny, just by eating tons of junk food. Just staring at me while I'm doing push ups and jumping jacks and burpees every day.

  • Arib Gamez LKA
    Arib Gamez LKA 3 days ago

    My mom Asian and she gives me sooooo much rich when I eat it could last me 6 months

  • xious _
    xious _ 3 days ago


  • Arib Gamez LKA
    Arib Gamez LKA 3 days ago

    My moms Asian like really Asian she SUCKS AT COOKING

  • Arib Gamez LKA
    Arib Gamez LKA 3 days ago

    I’m Asian and I HATE fish I only like the tuna subway gives and fish filet

  • Satria Sutena
    Satria Sutena 3 days ago

    You haven't met my cousin from bali. He is like 7 or 9 I don't know. But he is the size of a... I don't know anyways he is really obese (for a young child) and he eats like 5 times a day

  • Malboi J.B
    Malboi J.B 3 days ago

    What about Korean Fried Chicken?

  • SS Lynx
    SS Lynx 3 days ago +1

    Im Asian and all this time i was wondering why im still skinny xD

  • Wajihah Begum
    Wajihah Begum 3 days ago +1

    I'm 100% Asian and I'm natrually skinny lol

  • VK89000 XaLo
    VK89000 XaLo 3 days ago

    You were only talking about the eastern part not the whole continent.

  • Gracy Zz
    Gracy Zz 3 days ago +2

    Idk why my fat Asian self clicked on this video 👀

  • Naruto Uzumaki Lord 7th Hokage

    I weighed a lot as a kid
    But I never looked fat I kinda looked skinny

  • James Harrison
    James Harrison 4 days ago

    4:54 who else had to watch that video in an American health class

  • Mikael C
    Mikael C 4 days ago

    Obesity rate is going up in Asians because of a rise in consumption of processed American fast food.

  • Howto notbasic
    Howto notbasic 4 days ago +1

    Why Asian don't get fat a lot is because we do work out I hope cuz I am an Asian and I so daily work.😁

  • Rando Fortnite
    Rando Fortnite 4 days ago

    ..... this channel is a lie i am fat and i am asian

  • qiao shi
    qiao shi 4 days ago

    It's all that vitamin cesium

  • riya kumari
    riya kumari 4 days ago

    Why don't you people ever consider west Asia as a part of Asia ... I'm an Indian and here people get fat , and personally I feel , I gain weight by just watching ASMR videos lol 😂

  • paul neon
    paul neon 4 days ago


  • Siddhartha Gurung
    Siddhartha Gurung 4 days ago

    “My Asian gene has failed me “ !!!!!!!

  • GaMiNgLeGeNdZ 27806
    GaMiNgLeGeNdZ 27806 4 days ago

    that's not true i'm asian and i'm fat as fuck

  • Pete Zak
    Pete Zak 4 days ago

    I know lots of fat Asians. LOL

  • Epik DABBER
    Epik DABBER 5 days ago

    God bless the *ASIAN METABOLISM*

  • Cziffra
    Cziffra 5 days ago +1

    A lot of it IS genetics. Petiteness is common in Asia. That shit is rare in the US(sadly). You can be a thin person with a big frame, but at sure as shit isn't as easy if you had a tiny frame. Or as attractive.

  • the stormingastro
    the stormingastro 5 days ago

    Urod blyat in empirial Russia and USSR fat meant more food needed which none had

  • 3-จาฏุพัจน์ วิทยประภารัตน์

    Too bad here in Thailand we serve things with a side of grease

  • Paul Kim
    Paul Kim 5 days ago

    What about bubble tea? Bubble tea is sugary and Asians drink that, not all but some people.

  • WellTested owo
    WellTested owo 5 days ago

    Oh so this is how Goku doesn’t get fat after them long ass meals

  • ILoveKoya 120994
    ILoveKoya 120994 5 days ago

    Oh they do... or atleast only me...

  • 박종종Kyle
    박종종Kyle 5 days ago

    Well i am South Korean and i eat chocolates a lot and sometimes i eat 5 teaspoons of sugar and i am fat i'd rather say other asian are thin and other asians are "fat"

  • Proud To be Filipino!

    My Cousin and Friend has failed their asian genes

  • Savage Lamb
    Savage Lamb 5 days ago

    You think Central Asians eat a lot of fish boi

  • Savage Lamb
    Savage Lamb 5 days ago

    You don’t no fatasians

  • Cloudy-Yeetz
    Cloudy-Yeetz 6 days ago

    Asians do get fat- bOi Wh a t?

  • q q
    q q 6 days ago

    I drink hot water after my meals lol

  • 黑龍 - Hắc Long
    黑龍 - Hắc Long 6 days ago

    Thais and Pinoys really are the exception to this rule and prove that it is cultural and not genetic.

  • 黑龍 - Hắc Long
    黑龍 - Hắc Long 6 days ago

    00:28 That woman is photoshopped , as someone who is both an Asiaphile (Rice King) and a chubby-chaser I know that most pictures like that are fake.

  • Painja X
    Painja X 6 days ago

    “Asians don’t get fat”
    *_looks at Kim Jun Un_*

    Oh nevermind...

  • Argenlio
    Argenlio 6 days ago

    Why the heck this is too damn true? i am malaysian i ate a whole damn thing in my house but i didn't gain fat..

  • Haslinda Berro
    Haslinda Berro 6 days ago

    I'm Asian and I'm fat

  • Choxolet yo
    Choxolet yo 6 days ago


  • Crystal Puffs
    Crystal Puffs 6 days ago

    Well, I have been eating fish every week for my whole life. My mum likes feeding me fish :/
    Oh and I love eating vegetables, its yummy since its not bland :D

  • K Senpai
    K Senpai 6 days ago +1

    My country has 0% obesity rate! 😂😂 also
    Me: skinny
    Everyone: equally skinny + chubby

  • Equalibrium
    Equalibrium 7 days ago

    have you seen kim jong un

  • RosyKarmaMSP
    RosyKarmaMSP 7 days ago +1

    1:11 Armenia is a country in Asia too, and so is (partly) Russia...

  • noynoy aquino
    noynoy aquino 7 days ago

    I am asian am a filipino i love western food but still dont get fat hahha metabolism bro i eat junk food drink lots of soda hhaha

  • TheInstallations
    TheInstallations 7 days ago

    FFS, can you stop saying Western countries when you mean just the USA??? I am an Asisn from Europe, France and can tell you that we don't eat all the junk food Americans eat. There is way less obesity in Europe the majority of Western countries including Eastern Europe than the USA!!!

  • Lyric Montoya
    Lyric Montoya 8 days ago

    i’m just a fat mexican kid trying to get tips and lose wait.

  • Priyamjeet Mohanty
    Priyamjeet Mohanty 8 days ago +1

    Your whole attention is on to east Asian people (mongoloid race).. So call it's east Asian.. Don't generalze all Asian. Asia is HUGE AND DIVERSE..
    Me Indian here..

  • Leafy Cheese
    Leafy Cheese 8 days ago

    20 pounds of junk food : I stay the same
    1 workout : instant 6 pack

  • MakiProBro
    MakiProBro 8 days ago

    What about Philippines our foods are not so healthy
    Oh and if you do know the history of Americans and Pilipinos basically
    Americans "saved" us from the Spaniards and then said
    Americans: were giving you pride and independence
    Pilipinos: Salama-
    Americans: HAHA SIKE
    Pilipinos: ANO?!?!?!?!?!?

  • MoonBear1337
    MoonBear1337 8 days ago

    i love me greens and seafood and im 'merican

    OUEDRAOGO EZEKIEL 8 days ago

    10 reasons why Africans have bigger penises than Asians. Genetics I guess?

  • 조윤기
    조윤기 8 days ago

    not fax

  • - N e v e r L a st i n g -

    I always eat. I am asian. I only weigh 54 ;-;

  • Moonlark Aesthetic
    Moonlark Aesthetic 8 days ago

    wth, this is not true. And asians aren't 'cuter' than the world, either. And I don't like fish ;-; but great video.

  • Myst3ry Slay3r
    Myst3ry Slay3r 8 days ago

    As I child, I remember eating (consuming all the veggies) in a non-Asian restaurant with my older sister for the first time. There were these Americans and Australians there. There was family sitting next to us, a kid spat out broccoli and said it tasted absolutely disgusting.

    Me: BISH, WHAT YOU *_SAY?!_*

  • Kiddo Style
    Kiddo Style 8 days ago


  • Kiddo Style
    Kiddo Style 8 days ago

    I'M Asian (Philippines) but im fat for a 12 YRS old

  • Jasmine Lam105
    Jasmine Lam105 9 days ago

    My sister is Asian and she is fat haha

  • vHyung 〜sii
    vHyung 〜sii 9 days ago

    I’m Asian, I’m *Have* fat

  • Anime Freak
    Anime Freak 9 days ago

    Im fat lol

  • RiceLover
    RiceLover 9 days ago

    Any Cantonese people out there cuz many people aren't Cantonese here

    • q q
      q q 2 days ago

      Lei hou ma? Sik zo fan mei aa?

    • q q
      q q 2 days ago

      I'm here

  • Gacha Queena
    Gacha Queena 9 days ago +1

    I'm Asian

    I'm thicky nicky

  • *Hаna Subliminals 『芭南』chiyann*

    I’m half Japanese. This ain’t true. 😂

  • AllenV2
    AllenV2 9 days ago

    bruh im asian im fat as fuckk

  • Obaid Rehan
    Obaid Rehan 9 days ago

    im an asain but uh i hate fish its smelly lmao

  • A.S Nafis
    A.S Nafis 9 days ago

    Asians can get fat too

  • Sand K
    Sand K 9 days ago

    I hate fish..

  • Sand K
    Sand K 9 days ago

    Im Asian and im Fat.. lol.. well its because i stopped playing badminton and started playing and tinkering PC.