Australia Is The 7th Healthiest Nation In The World

Despite escalating warnings about obesity, Australia has been named one of the world's healthiest countries.

A total of 169 countries were graded on a number of factors including life expectancy, access to clean water, tobacco use and obesity, in the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index.

Spain was the healthiest country in the world last year, just pipping 2017 winners Italy.

The deciding factor appears to be life expectancy. Spain has the highest of all countries ranked, forecast to hit 86 years by 2040.

Experts say the Mediterranean diet plays a big role.

The heart-healthy eating plan is filled with fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains as well as healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts and avocados.

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Australia managed to crack the top 10 of the world ranking, coming in seventh.

The news wasn't so good for the United States, which is ranked 35th. One of the main reasons the U.S. scored so poorly compared to other developed nations is the obesity epidemic.

Close to 40 percent of American adults are deemed obese.

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According to the figures, sub-Saharan Africa accounted for most of the 30 unhealthiest nations, with Haiti, Afghanistan and Yemen also ranked near the bottom.

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1. Spain

2. Italy

3. Iceland

4. Japan

5. Switzerland

6. Sweden

7. Australia

8. Singapore

9. Norway

10. Israel