The news comes from the recently published Bloomberg Global Health Index, which scored 163 world countries on a number of variables like life expectancy, causes of death health risks like high blood pressure and smoking, and environmental factors (i.e., access to clean water). According to the report, Italians born today can be expected to live into their 80s, are in much better shape than Americans, Canadians, or Brits, and suffer from things like high blood pressure and high cholesterol at much lower rates than their peers. Bloomberg chalks this up to its culinary culture, which revolves around a diet rich in olive oil and fresh produce.
In many ways, the Mediterranean country is a surprise at the top of the list, since its economy has been in the pits for decades, and its unemployment rate is through the roof (the unemployment rate among young people reached nearly 40% late last year). However, as the report notes, beyond its healthy diet, the country also boasts an "excess of doctors."