I work for an organization that conducts random drug tests. The old "pee in a cup" thing used to really offend me, not because I have anything to hide. But it's so...degrading, ya know?
But now, it doesn't seem so bad when you consider that if you lived and worked in Japan, your boss would occasionally come ask you to raise your shirt so that he could MEASURE YOUR WAIST. And if it turns out that you exceed Japan's new obesity guidelines (men must be at or below 33.5 inches, and women must be at or below 35.5) you are given an exercise plan, a diet and a certain amount of time to whittle that waist down. If you fail to do so, the company you work for is FINED by the government.
Why has Japan had to take such drastic (pun intended) measures? Japanese people are, by nature, slim people. They have been this way for CENTURIES due in part to their healthy regular daily diet of Miso soup, vegetables and a small portion of fish. This average Japanese meal is about 600 calories.
But guess who came to town? The golden arches. That's right: a Big Mac, fries and large soda comes in at over 1300 calories. So now that the Japanese have access to American fast food, they're facing an obesity epidemic, much like our own. American fast food is changing the shape of people on the other side of the planet. How's that for progress?