Israel Ranked 10th Healthiest Country in the World

The Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, published Sunday, ranked 169 nations based on factors such as life expectancy and access to sanitation and medical care

Tourists sunbathe on the beach in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat, one of Israel's most popular holiday spots, February 17, 2014.
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Israel is the 10th healthiest country in the world — 25 spots ahead of the United States.

The Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, published Sunday, ranked 169 nations based on factors such as life expectancy and access to sanitation and medical care. Countries were penalized for tobacco use and obesity, among other health risks.

Unsurprisingly, the Mediterranean diet — common in Israel, as well as Spain and Italy, numbers one and two on the list — was noted in Bloomberg’s analysis.

Read more: Israel Has One of the World's Healthiest Diets. Do You Eat Like an Israeli?

“Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, had a lower rate of major cardiovascular events than those assigned to a reduced-fat diet,” says a study cited by Bloomberg.

The rest of the top 10, in order, are: Spain, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Singapore and Norway.

The U.S. placed 35th, largely in part to its high obesity rate. Recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control estimate about 40 percent of the country, or over 93 million citizens, are obese.

A previous version of this article incorrectly said the U.S. was ranked 64th and has been changed to reflect the U.S. ranking 35th on the list.