Cost of Living and Price Reports from Tokyo, Japan. You can download the Excel list of items+prices I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

Ranking of Fat Prefectures: BMI (Body Mass Index) by prefecture in Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare measures people's BMI (Body Mass Index) every year. According to it, the average BMI of Japanese people is 23.6 for men, 22.5 for women.

High BMI means more fat. The below shows the categories by BMI range.

Category BMI
Very severely underweight less than 15
Severely underweight from 15.0 to 16.0
Underweight from 16.0 to 18.5
Normal (healthy weight) from 18.5 to 25
Overweight from 25 to 30
Obese Class I (Moderately obese) from 30 to 35
Obese Class II (Severely obese) from 35 to 40
Obese Class III (Very severely obese) over 40

 

Table 1: Men's ranking of BMI

Rank Prefecture No. of samples Average BMI
1 Nagasaki 122 24.4
2 Aomori 165 24.3
3 Iwate 134 24.3
4 Akita 161 24.3
5 Okinawa 180 24.3
6 Ibaraki 203 24.2
7 Kanagawa 183 24.2
8 Kagawa 215 24.2
9 Miyagi 159 24.1
10 Ehime 147 24.1
11 Kochi 76 24.1
12 Tokushima 122 24.0
13 Kumamoto 103 24.0
14 Oita 195 24.0
15 Yamagata 143 23.9
16 Shimane 161 23.9
17 Fukushima 129 23.8
18 Gunma 253 23.8
19 Hyogo 130 23.8
20 Okayama 133 23.8
21 Tochigi 288 23.7
22 Yamanashi 200 23.7
23 Hiroshima 143 23.7
24 Kagoshima 59 23.7
25 Hokkaido 90 23.6
26 Saitama 217 23.6
27 Miyazaki 121 23.6
28 Chiba 200 23.5
29 Aichi 100 23.5
30 Yamaguchi 112 23.5
31 Tokyo 143 23.4
32 Nagano 259 23.4
33 Shizuoka 202 23.4
34 Shiga 104 23.4
35 Kyoto 82 23.4
36 Nara 187 23.4
37 Wakayama 103 23.3
38 Saga 152 23.3
39 Fukui 131 23.2
40 Tottori 173 23.2
41 Niigata 172 23.1
42 Toyama 127 23.1
43 Ishikawa 155 23.1
44 Osaka 99 23.1
45 Gifu 176 23.0
46 Fukuoka 188 23.0
47 Mie 85 22.8
  Average 7,182 23.6

Table 2: Women's ranking of BMI

Rank Prefecture No. of samples Average BMI
1 Okinawa 154 23.9
2 Nagasaki 111 23.6
3 Iwate 132 23.4
4 Kochi 79 23.4
5 Akita 173 23.3
6 Aomori 126 23.2
7 Tochigi 205 23.2
8 Kyoto 107 23.2
9 Ehime 142 23.1
10 Oita 145 23.1
11 Miyagi 118 23.0
12 Fukushima 117 23.0
13 Gunma 191 23.0
14 Tokushima 116 23.0
15 Fukui 131 22.9
16 Kumamoto 133 22.9
17 Hokkaido 80 22.8
18 Yamagata 177 22.8
19 Ibaraki 200 22.8
20 Okayama 127 22.8
21 Toyama 140 22.7
22 Aichi 85 22.7
23 Osaka 100 22.6
24 Shimane 150 22.6
25 Miyazaki 122 22.6
26 Nagano 201 22.5
27 Shizuoka 146 22.5
28 Chiba 166 22.4
29 Niigata 166 22.4
30 Hyogo 129 22.4
31 Hiroshima 111 22.4
32 Yamaguchi 113 22.4
33 Yamanashi 171 22.3
34 Saga 134 22.3
35 Saitama 168 22.2
36 Nara 167 22.2
37 Kagawa 184 22.2
38 Fukuoka 164 22.2
39 Kagoshima 96 22.2
40 Shiga 110 22.1
41 Tottori 152 22.1
42 Tokyo 104 22.0
43 Ishikawa 146 22.0
44 Gifu 145 22.0
45 Wakayama 101 22.0
46 Kanagawa 126 21.6
47 Mie 85 21.5
  Average 6,446 22.5

 

Figure 1: Men's BMI

Red means fat, purple means not fat. 

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Figure 2: Women's BMI

Red means fat, purple means not fat. 

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People in Okinawa, Nagasaki, and Iwate have relatively high figures. 

People in Mie, Wakayama, Tottori, Gifu, and Ishikawa are relatively not fat.

I do not think there are big differences between prefectures. The numbers are almost same around the country. 

Source is Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 平成24年国民健康・栄養調査報告

www.mhlw.go.jp/bunya/kenkou/eiyou/h24-houkoku.html 

www.mhlw.go.jp/bunya/kenkou/eiyou/dl/h24-houkoku-07.pdf

 

Related Topics

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

In terms of the cost of living information, you can download the Excel price list of goods I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.