Japanese men are suddenly overweight. The latest criticism of health, diet and fitness — “metabolic syndrome” — is aimed at men and their bulging waistlines. According to some reports, metabolic syndrome is found in a larger and larger proportion of middle-aged and young people, especially men. Their expanding waistlines reveal the possibility of heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

Frightening as the results might be, there is reason to take this latest “syndrome” with some skepticism.

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