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7 Countries Home to the World's Healthiest People

        Health | Preventive Care


The World Health Organization (WHO) calculated the countries where people live to full health the longest and Japan came out on top with 74.5 years. Much of this is due to diet.

"Every meal in Japan looks like a piece of art. Food is so beautiful and so delicious and so simple," fitness expert Harley Pasternak said to Empower News Magazine. "They are the largest consumer of fish in the world and of whole soy and of seaweed and green tea. When they are about 80 percent full, they stop and wait for about 10 minutes, then decide whether to keep going. And most times, they are full so they don't need to keep eating more."