The 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index has been released, and Italy is the second healthiest country in the world.
“The boot,” which was ranked no. 1 in 2017 in the biannual index, only fell one slot (Spain took top honors).
Researchers attribute part of the positive health trend to a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts.
The index also took into account smoking and obesity as well as the environment, according to euobserver.com.
“I feel physically better. I sleep better, I eat better, and I socialize more,” Mary Jane Peluso, who lives part-time in Summonte, Avellino, told The Local.
The U.S. was ranked 35th on the list. 39.6 percent of adults and 18.5 percent of children were considered obese in 2015-2016, which continues to drag down America’s ranking.