FRANCE, CURRENTLY, IS THE most visited nation on earth. About 87 million people visit France every year with 23 million visiting romantic Paris. Many couples would want their honeymoon route to include idyllic France.
By 2030, however, according to the Euro Monitor International, things will change. It will be the giant China which will experience the most number of visitors. They have been flocking to to The Great Wall, the Forbidden City of Beijing,French Concession in Shanghai and 52 of the UNESCO World Heritage World Sites in China,even now.
Two reasons are advanced for China’s attractiveness: the neighboring Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines are getting richer.
Its per capita GDP is rising- giving their citizens more disposable income- some frittered to foreign travel. Second, China has made tourism one of its pillar industries.
As such infrastructure, exacting international standards and tourism-friendly policies are the Chinese norm today. But having visited China, would one also like to live there, as well? Not necessarily.
The average life expectancy in China is only 75.4 years and does not compare well with Monaco (89.5 years) , Japan (84.8 years), Singapore (84.7 years) , Macau (84.5) and Spain (83.8) or about a decade longer than the average life of a Chinaman. This is according to the 2015 CIA World Fact house.
The rest with long lives for their citizens are: San Marino (83.2), Iceland (82.(), Hongkong (82.8), Andorra ( 82.7), Switzerland (82.5) and Guersney (82.4 years).
Why do people in these nations live longer than most other countries? Let’s take Monaco.
It is a small republic but a very rich state -so rich it does not see the need to collect income taxes from its people. Being such, it helped that one out of every three Monacan is a millionaire.
People live in Mediterranean dies of healthy fish, veggies, whole grains and no unhealthy fat in the diet.
The affluent state can also afford an excellent health service system, an efficient educational system and good public transportation.
Japan, on the other hand, is known as the “nation of centenarians” with the the oldest woman (Kane Tanaka- 115 years old) and oldest man (Masako Nowaka- 113 years old) still existing there. In Japan, there are 2 million people above 90 years old.
The regular Japanese diet is said to include: healthy fish (with fatty acids), tofu, seaweed and octopus and of course, vegetables. Japan also has an accessible health care system where the government pays for 70% of all health procedures for all Japanese and 90% of those in the low-income group.
Spain, on the one hand, has a diet heavy with olive oil, fish and vegetables, in spite of the fact that their traditional “fiesta foods” like paella and callos reek with forbidden richy food parts.
One must not also forget that the Spaniards can be one of the most laidback people. They enjoy a 2-5 pm “siesta time” where people go home and take a nap with their families.
There is, therefore, no “rushed” lunch hour.
Finally, there is San Marino, the smallest independent state in Europe like the Vatican. Its people there are enormously wealthy with a per capita GDP of $55,000 or P 3-Million income per year. There is one quaint fact though: San Marino is said to have one of the highest quality of water in the world coming from 4 rivers.
If one drinks 8 glasses of water per day, quality water does matter for health.
Judging from the above, healthy diet, clean drinking water, a great health care system and the affluence of the citizens are key factors that make man live longer than others.
Unfortunately, the Philippines does not have most of those. We have, instead, a diet anchored on sugar-rich rice, fondness for junk food, unclean water- that’s why the bottle water business is a great one- a weak health care system and a per capita of only about $3,000.
They are horrifying facts to know how far we are from being a healthy environment for long life expectancy.
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