Bahrain ranks second healthiest country in the GCC in the 2017 edition of Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index.
Lebanon took the top spot in the Arab world ranking 32nd while Bahrain was ranked 40th. GCC countries Qatar ranked 36th, the UAE was 43rd, and Oman came 48th.
“Each country in the index was graded based on variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks ranging from high blood pressure and tobacco use to malnutrition and the availability of clean water,” researchers stated.
The top 5 nations ranked were Italy, Iceland, Switzerland, Singapore, and Australia.
Globally Italy was ranked No1 in the index of 163 nations. Researchers noted that the Italian diet rich in vegetables and nutritious fats are what made Italy the healthiest country in the world. “While Italy is among the most developed countries, growth has stagnated for decades, almost 40 per cent of its youngsters are out of jobs and it’s saddled with one of the world’s highest debt loads relative to the size of its economy. Yet, Italians are in a way in better shape than Americans. Canadians and Brits suffer from higher blood pressure and cholesterol and poorer mental health,” Bloomberg stated.