Secrets of the world's healthiest children: 6 longevity lessons from Japan

posted on October 7, 2015

If you had complete power to engineer a long, vigorous life, you might start by choosing to be born in Japan.

The country has the highest "healthy life expectancy" in the world, with Japanese boys and girls expected to live to 73 without any major illness or disability, according to a recent study published in The Lancet. Their overall life expectancy is in the 80s.

The U.S. doesn't even make the top 10, with an American boy born in 2013 expected to enjoy good health until about age 65 and live 76 years, on average.

What is it about Japan that makes it such a center of wellness? It's a question Naomi Moriyama and her husband William Doyle set out to investigate in their new book, "Secrets of the World's Healthiest Children: Why Japanese Children Have the Longest, Healthiest Lives - And How Yours Can Too."

"The way Japanese people eat and move gives them a major longevity and health advantage," Moriyama - who grew up in Japan and is now based in New York - told TODAY.

"Compared with other developed nations, Japanese people on average eat fewer calories per day, and in a healthier pattern: more fish, more vegetable products, less meat and dairy, smaller desserts and more reasonable portion sizes."

source by newsonjapan
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