Italy’s healthcare system came in second in the WHO ranking with the state operating a public healthcare system combined with a private one. In addition, it is yet another country benefitting from the Mediterranean diet. Although pizza and pasta may come to mind when you think of Italy, their diets are heavy in vegetables, beans and whole grains. They also eat very little red meat. Meals are eaten leisurely, giving people time to register being full and stop eating, so portions are smaller. Home cooked meals are more popular than takeout. The passeggiata, a leisurely stroll before or after a meal is still a popular tradition. Smoking rates have decreased slightly in the last several years, but still remain higher than average, according to an OECD report. Men live to 80.5 and women to 84.8 on average.
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