Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 10 December 2003
Vol. 2003, Issue 49, p. nw166
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2003.49.nw166]


Longevity Island

Okinawans on calorie-light diet outlive other Japanese

Mary Beckman

Key Words: BMI • life expectancy

Abstract: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA--The biggest hunk might outlast everyone else on a reality TV island, but the leanest people persevere on a real one. Those who grew up before 1972 on the island of Okinawa, a district of Japan, lived longer than those raised elsewhere in Japan, and new research presented here 23 November 2003 at the Gerontological Society of America annual meeting suggests why: They ate fewer calories as children. When the Okinawan diet started resembling that in the rest of Japan, mortality increased accordingly.

Citation: M. Beckman, Longevity Island. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2003 (49), nw166 (2003).

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