The year of birth of Mbah Gotho has not yet been officially confirmed
Mbah Gotho is considered to be the oldest living person in the world. The year of birth 1870 is noted on his ID card and Indonesian authorities claim that this information is correct.
However, the Guiness Book of Records does not list Mbah Gotho as the oldest person.
Mbah Gotho and other very old people
How old Mbah Gotho really is has not yet been clarified by independent experts, which is why he is only unofficially listed as the oldest living person.
One thing is certain: Mbah Gotho is really very old, because all of his five children, whom he has from four marriages, have now died, so that there are only grandchildren who can look after him.
However, Mbah Gotho is troubled by age, because he struggles to walk and his eyes are now too bad to watch TV. So he usually spends the day listening to the radio.
The Guiness Book of Records lists a French woman, Jeanne Calment, as a person who has reached the highest recorded age.
She died in 1997 at the proud age of 122 and still holds this record today.
But an Italian is on her feet: Emma Morano celebrated her 117th birthday on November 29, 2016!
This makes her not only the officially oldest living person in the world, but also the only person in the world who has lived in three centuries!
What is the secret of the extremely old?
If you ask people who are getting very old about the secret of their old age, there is usually nothing that comes to mind spontaneously.
Mbah Gotho claims that gratitude is the key to a long life because, despite his old age, he still smokes daily and cannot remember ever being sick.
Jeanne Calment also stated that she would not do anything special in order to be fit and mentally active in old age.
It is known that she kept moving all her life and still did daily errands on her bike when she was 100 years old.
She lived alone until she was 110 and only tried to give up smoking at the age of 117, but she did not succeed.
Only her high consumption of vegetables and olive oil, she suspects, could be a reason for her long life.
Emma Morano claims her longevity is because she has been eating two raw eggs a day for over 100 years.
However, there does not seem to be any real trick. What is striking, however, is that all record holders are slim and have led a physically active life!
Women live longer!
Even if Mbah Gotho is a man, the official list of the oldest living people is very impressive. It is mostly women who reach such an extraordinarily old age!
The 10 oldest living people are exclusively women and the record holders are very rarely men.
At the end of November 2016, there were only 6 men among the 100 oldest people in the world, including two from Japan.
In general, however, it is the case that women get particularly old, especially in Japan, because Japan is the country in which, statistically speaking, there is the highest life expectancy for women.
Where do you live particularly long?
First of all, it is clear that there are no developing countries among the countries with the highest life expectancy.
Life expectancy in countries of the so-called “third world” is still very low to this day, so that it can also be assumed that the old age of Mbah Gotho is due to an error in the birth register or other documents.
Countries with particularly low statistical life expectancy are: Sierra Leone, Angola, the Central African Republic, Chad, Lesotho and the Ivory Coast.
These countries are all in sub-Saharan Africa, where infant mortality is high and medical care is poor. Chad brings up the rear with an average life expectancy of only 49.8 years.
People who were born in industrialized countries or who spend large parts of their lives there have a particularly high statistical life expectancy. Japan, Switzerland, Iceland, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Sweden, France and Spain.
For comparison: in Germany the statistical life expectancy is 80.9 years, in Japan it is 84.7 years. Is this due to the low-fat diet with lots of fish, vegetables and soy?