The Bottom Line
- Interesting, readable accounts of different cultures.
- Emphasizes attitudes towards aging as well as exercise and nutrition.
- Lacks critical assessment of the claims of these peoples.
- Would be strengthened by more scientific discussion of the diets and lifestyle changes.
- Written by John Robbins, a crusader for healthy eating.
- 384 pages, paperback.
- Provides summaries of other cultures’ lifestyles, with sensible changes for Americans suggested.
Guide Review - Healthy at 100
Some of the more interesting accounts are not of the diets and exercise profile of these peoples, but of their attitudes toward aging. Because chronic illness is rare and the cultures are traditional, older people are highly valued. According to Healthy at 100, in one culture, siblings even fight about who gets to take care of grandparents.
Robbins’ discussion of these cultures is a fascinating read. His main point is that while claims of extreme old age (more than 120) are probably false, there is still a lot to be learned from these people who often reach their 90s with no sign of heart disease or other chronic illness. To live long and live well, we should all take some lessons from the people of the “Blue Zones.”