It’s official — pizza, pasta and gelato must be good for you.
Well, okay, that might not be official, but Italy has been named the healthiest country in the world in the latest Bloomberg Global Health Index.
A baby born in Italy today can expect to live to be an octogenarian, a fact the report attributes to a diet rich in vegetables and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and “an excess of doctors” in the community.
The result comes despite a struggling economy. Almost 40 per cent of Italian youngsters are unemployed, and the country has one of the world’s highest debt loads, relative to the size of its economy.
Italians are in much better shape than Americans, who suffer from higher blood pressure and cholesterol and poorer mental health, leading the US to come in at number 34 on the list.
Each of the 163 countries in the index are graded on variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks ranging from high blood pressure and tobacco use to malnutrition and the availability of clean water.
Iceland, Switzerland, Singapore and Australia rounded out the top five — a great result for us, considering Australia also cracked the top 10 of the UN’s list of the world’s happiest countries last week.
The world’s healthiest countries, according to the Bloomberg Global Health Index
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- Czech Republic
- Costa Rica
- United States of America
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- United Arab Emirates
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