Here’s How People in 8 Other Countries Stay Healthy

Here’s How People in 8 Other Countries Stay Healthy.

When good health is the default

The healthiest period of Jason Beckfield’s life wasn’t when he was training of a marathon luxuriating at a wellness retreat or following a strict diet. Rather, it was the summer he lived near a chemical plant in Germany that his weight and resting heart rate were lowest. Why? In part because the country’s setup promotes walking – to one store to buy meats, one to buy produce and another to purchase bread, says Beckfield, a sociology professor at Harvard University. “The idea of the huge supermarket that has everything is really foreign there,” he says. Such cultural norms “hugely” influence health, he says. Here’s what they look like across the globe:

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