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Japan’s extra-slim ’Cinderella weight’ diet target sparks debate


There have been a number of interesting diet trends sweeping throughout Asia. The latest one in Japan uses a mathematical formula that’s seeing increased popularity among young women called the ’Cinderella weight’.


The Cinderella weight(in kilograms)is calculated by squaring a person’s height(in meters), then multiplying that number by 18. For example, if a woman was 1.8m tall, her Cinderella weight would be:1.8×1.8=3.24 ; 3.24×18=58.32.


The Cinderella weight aims for a body mass index of 18, which is officially classified as ’underweight’ on the BMI scale. Dieticians are worried the unrealistic Cinderella diet is not only negatively romanticizing fictionalized body proportions, but also encouraging extreme dieting.


Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert warned of the dangers of being clinically ’underweight’. She said:’Being underweight isn’t good for your health. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired.’


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