Despite America’s growing waistline and accompanying health problems, it was once home to the second oldest person to have lived in verifiable history. FiveThirtyEight reported the silver medal goes to Sarah Knauss, who passed away in 1999 at 119 years old. Since the average American only lives to 78.8 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s fair to say Knauss was an outlier.
But for some cultures, living past 100 is far less unusual. A lot of attention has been focused on places like Sardinia, Italy, and Okinawa, Japan, as more and more began to realize how well inhabitants in these locales age. The thinking is learning more about their lifestyles can help us reap the same benefits.