Category Archives: Medical Anthropology

A subfield of anthropology that draws upon social, cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology to better understand those factors which influence health and well being (broadly defined), the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, the social relations of therapy management, and the cultural importance and utilization of pluralistic medical systems.

Healthiest People In The World

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Healthiest People World

The healthiest people in the World…

ICELAND

People from Iceland like to hit the gym and play outdoor sports/activities. They also feast on fish, which consist of most of their diet.

JAPAN

Japan is another high fish consumer. You will notice most of these countries considered the healthiest are islands with and/or mainly consume of fish, fruits and vegetables. In Japan they also eat whole soy, seaweed, and drink green tea. People also eat more slowly. They do not eat until they are stuffed, They take breaks, which causes their body to realize they are full before they over eat. In Okinawa people often live to be 110 years old. People generally report less stress in Japan as well.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand also has an abundance of seafood. The Ocean is always just some miles away in each direction and the land is lush and fertile. Everyone grows fruits and vegetables, there are even vegetable gardens in public places, like schools, that people can pick from. Whole neighborhoods have their own farmers markets, in which everyone can sell or trade in.

SWEDEN

People in Sweden love outdoor activities and vigorous sports in general. They are also a seafood loving bunch preferring to smoke, poach and salt their fish, avoiding oils and grease.

SARDINIA, ITALY

Sardinia is a place for farmer and shepherds. They have some carbs in their diet, but they typically come from flat breads made from whole grains. This is very necessary for them as their work is very physical and energy consuming. They average person walks many miles per day. They also eat fava beans, tomatoes, and green vegetables, fruits, and cheese from grass fed sheep.

SOME PARTS OF AFRICA

There are people Africa that are in the best of health. The people from the Hunter and Gatherer tribes eat some of the best whole foods in the world. Their food is picked straight from trees, cultivated from local farms, or they hunt game animals which is a lot of exercise in itself. These people walk long distances every day, as these Ju/’Hoansi from Namibia¬†are shown.

So it appears good health is most prevalent upon people/cultures who consume a lot of fish and whole foods (not modified by cooking techniques and preserving), exercise a lot, and live more simple stress free lives. These are all things that we all know, as it is common knowledge that in order to be healthy we must eat fresh foods and exercise, which not only burns calories, but makes our bodies strong. Doing so also also keeps our minds well fed and gets rid of the stresses of everyday life. Cultural Anthropologist take note that the people from these places have very low populations with diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, which is a major killer among human beings.

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