10 Health Lessons from Around the World

Lose weight and feel amazing with these global health traditions—ones that work wherever you call home

January 11, 2013
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From antioxidant-stuffed spices to midday Zs, every country has its own unique brand of staying healthy, happy, and fit. And it looks like we could learn a thing or two.

The life expectancy of the average American lags behind every industrialized nation on Earth except Qatar. North America is home to only 6 percent of the world's population, but accounts for 34 percent of the world's weight due to obesity, contributing to mounting stateside rates of diabetes and heart disease, according to research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

So how does the rest of the world keep their health in check? With simple, totally doable lifestyle habits. Here are 10 imports that will boost your health big time.

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