Based on information from the World Health Organization, United Nations and the World Bank, the index ranked 163 countries based on variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks such as high blood pressure, tobacco use, malnutrition and the availability of clean water.
Italy is the healthiest country in the world.
Growth in Italy has stagnated for decades, almost 40 per cent of its youngsters are out of jobs and it is saddled with one of the world's highest debt loads relative to the size of its economy.
Yet Italians are in way better shape than the rich Americans, Canadians and Britons - all thanks to its famous Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
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