Jeanne Calment: The World’s Oldest Woman, Who Had an Awful Diet

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Jeanne Calment: The World’s Oldest Woman, Who Had an Awful Diet


Jeanne Calment from Arles, France lived for 122 years. Throughout those years, she broke several records. For instance, she became the oldest living person in France at 111; the world’s oldest living person at 113; the oldest actress to ever appear on film, after she starred in “Vincent and Me” in 1990; the first person to ever live to 116, and the oldest person ever verified to exceed 120 years. Finally, she was granted the world’s oldest person ever at 122.


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When talking about longevity, we are advised to follow a healthy diet and exercise a lot. We have to avoid activities that could be harmful to our health. But Calment was different. She spent her life drinking alcohol, smoking, playing with guns, and eating excessive amounts of sugar and red meat. She only drank coffee for breakfast. Despite this uncommon diet, Calment lived for more than a century. She was living on her own until the age of 109. She only moved into a nursing home a year after that.


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All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, states that Calment’s secret to a long life was her diet and active lifestyle. She usually started her day with a prayer. She’d sit in her armchair, then she would do some finger flexing and arm and leg exercises. In terms of the food she ate, Calment preferred braised beef with a glass of wine. She also frequently requested for fried, spicy foods. Every week, she would consume about two pounds of chocolate.


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Calment died at age 122, weighing 88 pounds. She was in relatively good health considering her age. In fact, her doctors stated that she was healthier than those who were 10 to 20 years younger than her. In the nursing home, she was reportedly still moving quite quickly. She also had better mental capabilities as she participated in several supercentenarian studies when she was alive. 



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