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 • 13 243

  • Kento Bento
    Kento Bento  2 years ago +1983

    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, I agree I could have phrased it better. However there's also this: 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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    • White Bed
      White Bed Month ago

      Kento Bento I have a very high metabolism and I eat a lot and I mostly eat healthy but I still eat a lot but yet still I’m literally skin and bones

    • Ali Jahani
      Ali Jahani Month ago

      I never all myself to obtain a western-influenced-diet because it affects my health and my food allergy so I'm happy about that.

    • The Shyest Ant
      The Shyest Ant 2 months ago

      I’m Southeast Asian, I’m fat...

    • prom
      prom 3 months ago

      Kento Bento I agree with edmame

    • 94adagal 57
      94adagal 57 4 months ago

      I'm Malaysian in Asia

  • RyZe_Mag1KarpMan
    RyZe_Mag1KarpMan 4 hours ago

    The reasons asians dont get fat is cos of what happened last time there was a fat man in japan

  • BiaBee
    BiaBee 21 hour ago

    Bro I'm Asian and 47 kilos I'm fat af

  • jne K
    jne K 2 days ago

    Asians don’t get fat because 20% of our calories are burned by our brain, so Asians with huge heads burn tons of calories just by sitting and thinking.

  • kai khai
    kai khai 2 days ago

    When i was in my country i look so skninny but when im in america i don`t look skinny more cause ametica is obese and it make you buy bad food and forcing you

  • Kurkcxy5113
    Kurkcxy5113 3 days ago +2

    Me: *Laughing at my friends because I don't gain any weight whenever I eat chocolate or any types of those food*
    i barely even run lmao

  • rama dhanavanthini
    rama dhanavanthini 3 days ago

    How many stereotypes😢😢

  • _Gray Burrito_
    _Gray Burrito_ 4 days ago +1

    Asians do get fat bruh---

  • oh sizzle
    oh sizzle 5 days ago

    I was gonna say why my Asian genes have failed me -___-

  • mxppletrees
    mxppletrees 7 days ago +1

    Let’s be real here we Asians clicked on this video to hear that we are skinny

  • Glory aAaa
    Glory aAaa 7 days ago +1

    HAHA what am I? I thought i was asian😂....😢

  • DJ Kaspar
    DJ Kaspar 7 days ago

    What anime is that at 2:33?

  • Waterzz
    Waterzz 7 days ago

    Because dogs don’t have enough nutrition.

  • Kiyomi Aru
    Kiyomi Aru 8 days ago +3

    I'm Thai and I'm fat.

    *possibly that I live in Ireland*

  • Walid Hafidzuzikri
    Walid Hafidzuzikri 9 days ago

    It is you vs the statistic data.

  • Lychym
    Lychym 9 days ago

    And why Asians don’t have hair on there body

    AFTER LIFE 10 days ago

    The Japanese love fish so much they can’t even wait for it to finish cooking

  • BuildingCenter
    BuildingCenter 10 days ago

    The After-Dinner Digestion Stroll! That's the real key. Whole cities just strolling through local parks right after dinner. It's hella impressive. That, and the public morning workouts.

  • Cookie Ticking The 2nd

    Oh yes I’m Asian I’m skinny

    Joe SHANGHAI 11 days ago

    Asian see eating as a chore? Chinese are totally obsessed with food.

  • King Froge Frog
    King Froge Frog 11 days ago +1

    I am a asianaananannanaanan. I hate living in america, it has very unhealthy food

    • chanana
      chanana 11 days ago

      ikr but try avoiding it if you can

  • Anh Bui Gia
    Anh Bui Gia 12 days ago

    Kento Bento : Asians don't get fat
    me and the bois : 0:03

  • Greenapple Gaming
    Greenapple Gaming 12 days ago

    char keow tiaw is deep fried but have tauge of tofu

  • ガチャ Zia
    ガチャ Zia 13 days ago

    7% Spanish 41% Japanese 51% Filipino chopsticks are my jam Im fat but why

  • Edu E
    Edu E 13 days ago

    *They don’t get fat until they move to America.*

  • mrbringer
    mrbringer 14 days ago

    my belly is fat dude.. and im asian bruh

  • camoslam 102
    camoslam 102 14 days ago

    I’m Asian and I am really fat for my age

  • oOo ShyGuy
    oOo ShyGuy 15 days ago

    What’s the anime where the dude throws the fish lmao?

  • Dana Wiharyana
    Dana Wiharyana 15 days ago

    Good! Now i can said this to the american! " FATTY FAT FAT FATTY FAT!!"

  • troy jovh Saquian
    troy jovh Saquian 16 days ago

    Says asians never get fat then shows an obese laughing asian

  • Raymundo Austria
    Raymundo Austria 16 days ago

    My favorite is tonkatsu

  • BaconVietnameseKid Roblox & More

    That intro though, I feel worried for him.

  • Anthony
    Anthony 18 days ago

    Your obesity map is outdated. I've noticed more and more fatties walking on the streets of Tokyo, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney on my work-related travels. Where car ownerships and parkings are expensive; people takes public transportations that required constant walking; which means there will be less fatties.

    • SomeDawidGuy
      SomeDawidGuy 16 days ago

      It's not like this video was made in 2016

  • עידן המעדן
    עידן המעדן 19 days ago

    What about west asia

  • Coco Nguyen
    Coco Nguyen 19 days ago +1

    That one fat person that doesn’t fit in 😭

  • Limited Blizzard
    Limited Blizzard 20 days ago +1

    I don’t like fish and I’m asian

  • Dopamine
    Dopamine 20 days ago

    *well obviously Ethiopia in the in blue section*

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  • Takingout thetrash
    Takingout thetrash 21 day ago

    all about food... white people eat fake process food laced with hormones, antibiotics and steroids. in America you get freak teens bigger than most adults

  • Jade Lugo
    Jade Lugo 21 day ago +1

    Eating habits vary across the world, and although I maybe asian I weigh more, because my eating habits are significantly different. I was raised in America so maybe that's a factor my point is I want to change my eating habits I'm way more overweight then I should be.

  • Jade Lugo
    Jade Lugo 21 day ago +1

    "Why have my asian genes failed me?!" That's me everyday 😂😂.

  • dark ness
    dark ness 21 day ago

    as an Asian i can never imagine my food without green vegs and some weird wild herbs !

  • TaylorAmelia
    TaylorAmelia 21 day ago

    4.5 fat, angry Americans rated this video

  • ubisoft games
    ubisoft games 22 days ago +1

    So I am not an asian

  • Onmyoji Topper
    Onmyoji Topper 22 days ago

    3:05 im pretty sure thats char kuey teow which is fried noodles that is loaded with unhealthy processed carbs and a high amount of fat and saturated fat and why is it in there anyways?

  • Amy BI
    Amy BI 23 days ago

    My friends don’t understand the concept of why asians are skinny

  • Empowered And Overpowered Leftist Black Woman

    I used to drink water with meals for many years, but it the last one i only drink before or after meals, i'm okay D: ?

  • Pyroxy
    Pyroxy 25 days ago

    Probably makes sense why im slowly becoming one of the stalkers from half life

  • 49jubilee
    49jubilee 26 days ago

    You forgot mochi

  • 49jubilee
    49jubilee 26 days ago

    Some Asians DON'T gain weight, but so does others.
    My husband can't gain weight, but he doesnt stuff

  • livinglifeasachinese communistincanada

    im asian im sort of fat lmao

  • Swedish Gamer
    Swedish Gamer 27 days ago

    Swedish people do not get fat

  • kinsoyy
    kinsoyy 27 days ago

    I'm Asian but not fat but I eat shitloads of food

  • bill Niko
    bill Niko 27 days ago

    So this episode still don’t get quality.

  • ategabby sev
    ategabby sev 28 days ago

    1:19 lol

  • Xx Normal gaming xX
    Xx Normal gaming xX 28 days ago +1

    sumos:am i a joke to you?

  • Water Melown
    Water Melown 28 days ago +5

    Because they have fast metabolism and good genes it’s so unfair I inhale air and gain half a pound

  • Jun Cruz
    Jun Cruz 29 days ago

    I am Filipino and of course Asian, you are correct vegetable is always part of Asian cuisine. We so many kinds of vegetable dish here, we also have many kinds of dish that contains meat, soup and vegetables in one pot.

  • Arabian Kuwaiti Mapper
    Arabian Kuwaiti Mapper 29 days ago +2

    Gulf countries: am I a joke to you?

  • sidfor911truth
    sidfor911truth 29 days ago

    This will cure your fast food habit (research on American fast food habits): www.bitchute.com/video/3gdDhrHTdaE/

  • Reaper 9491
    Reaper 9491 Month ago

    I’m Asian and I’m fat

  • Supercell gamer
    Supercell gamer Month ago

    There are a lot of Chinese and Japanese sumo wrestlers though 🤼‍♂️

  • Imortal Adan
    Imortal Adan Month ago

    Eat fish=no fat

  • bangtanjams
    bangtanjams Month ago

    when you’re asian and fat ;c

  • IsaacTheHero 113
    IsaacTheHero 113 Month ago

    Ya it's becuse there starving to death

  • Michel Chen
    Michel Chen Month ago +1

    Are you kidding? Eating is also an entertainment, just exactly like in the western society. I mean we always spending our time in restaurants or looking for exotic food.Even more than in my homeland Germany

  • Andre Mendoza Acosta

    Please Kento explain about the Ainu culture, I'm latin, but this culture souds interesting

  • Itz_Rose !
    Itz_Rose ! Month ago

    Well I'm asian so I can't get fat Which is ok

  • White Bed
    White Bed Month ago

    Bruh gimme sum shrimp chips bruv

  • мемеч
    мемеч Month ago


    CS MASTER Month ago

    In fact there are many fat people in Asia than the whole world

  • Internet Cancer
    Internet Cancer Month ago

    Hong kong as shown in most of these photos is very tightly packed but everyone here is very tense and have a natural need for speed which give 100+ default stress which means u rarely get fat if ur not an asshole

  • Internet Cancer
    Internet Cancer Month ago

    A: Im gifted with superior memory
    B: Im gifted with extreme physical endurance
    Me: I can eat everything but never get fat

  • Paulo Alexandre
    Paulo Alexandre Month ago

    "If you compare western and asian eating habits, sure they both consume deep fried foods, but asian vary their cooking methods a lot more"

    so does western mean North American here?

  • Peach. Tea
    Peach. Tea Month ago

    Wait so,, I’m 90 pounds,, is that considered fat?