Italy Ranked Second Healthiest Country in the World by Bloomberg

Researchers point to Italians' active lifestyles and Mediterranean diets.

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

“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.


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