Metabo a concern for three in five Japanese

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How concerned are you about metabolic syndrome? graph of japanese statisticsLet’s look again at one of the more popular themes for surveys, health awareness and special metabo examinations. This time it is Nippon Research Council looking at the topic.

Demographics

Between the 4th and 16th of June 2008 1,200 citizens between 15 and 79 years of age were randomly selected from all over the country, weighted based on data from the 2005 national census. The questionnaires were taken by a combination of face-to-face interviews and self-completed questionnaires. There is no information about how refusals to take part or other failures to collect data were dealt with. 50.4% of the sample were female, 6.2% in their teens, 15.1% in their twenties, 17.9% in their thirties, 15.3% in their forties, 18.3% in their fifties, 13.2% in their sixties, and 11.3% in their seventies.

Following on from recent western press coverage on the topic, I was wondering if metabo, the Japanese abbreviation for the English metabolic syndrome might get re-imported back into English. I can think only of anime as a precedent, but in English anime usually only refers to Japanese animation, not all kinds.

Perhaps related, one in four British fatties refuse to admit it.

Research results

Q1: On a day-to-day basis, do you take care of your health? (Sample size=1,200)

  All Male
N=595
Female
N=605
Extreme care 21.0% 19.0% 23.0%
Some care 55.8% 54.6% 57.0%
Not much care 19.7% 21.5% 17.9%
No care at all 3.3% 4.7% 1.8%
No answer 0.3% 0.2% 0.3%

Q2: What aspects of your own health do you pay attention to? (Sample size=1,200, multiple answer)

  All Male
N=595
Female
N=605
Body fat 34.0% 33.1% 34.9%
Cholestoral 31.5% 28.2% 34.7%
Blood pressure 30.2% 31.4% 28.9%
Neutral fats 27.3% 28.2% 26.4%
Stomach state 22.1% 21.0% 23.1%
Dental decay, caries 19.6% 17.5% 21.7%
Blood sugar 16.8% 18.8% 14.7%
Headache 14.3% 8.7% 19.8%
Liver function 12.8% 18.3% 7.3%
Bone density 12.2% 4.4% 19.8%
Calcium deficiency 10.6% 4.7% 16.4%
None of these 10.6% 4.7% 16.4%

Q3: What do you normally do for the sake of your health? (Sample size=1,200, multiple answer)

  All Male
N=595
Female
N=605
Get enough sleep 39.1% 33.8% 44.3%
Do exercise 36.8% 34.6% 38.8%
Don’t build up stress 31.8% 26.9% 36.7%
Don’t overdo things 31.3% 23.5% 28.8%
Limit salt intake 30.7% 24.4% 36.9%
Limit fat intake 27.6% 21.7% 33.4%
Limit sugar intake 22.9% 19.3% 26.1%
Visit doctor regularly 17.9% 15.8% 20.0%
Take supplements 14.2% 9.7% 18.5%
Take medicines 13.6% 12.9% 14.2%
Limit alcohol consumption 7.9% 11.3% 4.6%
Limit smoking 4.7% 6.7% 2.6%
Nothing in particular 15.6% 20.3% 10.9%

Q4: How is your current health situation? (Sample size=1,200)

  All Male
N=595
Female
N=605
Healthy 25.5% 27.1% 24.0%
Perhaps healthy 55.3% 54.1% 56.5%
Perhaps unhealthy 12.8% 11.8% 13.9%
Unhealthy 3.2% 3.4% 3.0%
Don’t know, no answer 3.1% 3.7% 2.7%

Q5: What are you currently doing for you health, and what do you not do but are interested in doing for your health? (Sample size=1,200, multiple answer)

  Currently Interested
Sauna, stone sauna 5.4% 19.3%
WiiFit 2.4% 15.8%
Hot yoga 1.1% 13.7%
Pelvic exercise 1.3% 12.8%
Horse-riding exercise machine 1.3% 7.6%
Detox diet 0.3% 6.7%
Pilates 0.9% 6.0%
Boxercise 0.5% 5.5%
Slow food 1.5% 4.9%
“Beauty waist” (bikoshi) exercise 0.7% 4.6%
Exercise DVD 0.8% 2.6%
Walking 6.8% 0.4%
Aerobics, stretching 1.8% 0.1%
Swimming 1.1% 0.2%

Q6: How much do you know about metabolic syndrome? (Sample size=1,200)

  All Male
N=595
Female
N=605
Know the details 45.8% 42.5% 48.9%
Just know the outline 50.5% 53.1% 47.9%
Don’t know anything 3.6% 4.2% 3.0%
No answer 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%

Q7: Did you know that from April 2008 special health checks and special health guidance for early detection, prevention and cure of metabolic syndrome have been introduced? (Sample size=1,200)

  All Male
N=595
Female
N=605
Know the details 29.9% 27.4% 32.4%
Just know the outline 43.6% 42.9% 44.3%
Don’t know anything 26.3% 29.6% 23.0%
No answer 0.3% 0.2% 0.3%

The respondents then had the diagnosis criteria for metabolic syndrome shown to them, and answered this self-test of their knowledge.

Q8: Did you know the standard for diagnosis of metabolic syndrome? (Sample size=1,200)

  All Male
N=595
Female
N=605
Knew a lot 23.2% 21.5% 24.8%
Knew a little 50.8% 48.9% 52.7%
Knew almost nothing 16.3% 19.0% 13.7%
Knew nothing at all 9.6% 10.6% 8.6%
No answer 0.1% 0.0% 0.2%

Q9: How concerned are you about metabolic syndrome? (Sample size=1,200)

  All Male
N=595
Female
N=605
Extremely concerned 14.5% 13.1% 15.9%
Quite concerned 43.6% 41.8% 45.3%
Can’t say either way 10.7% 9.9% 11.4%
Not very concerned 19.5% 22.4% 16.7%
Not concerned at all 11.5% 12.4% 10.6%
No answer 0.3% 0.3% 0.2%
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