This 117-year-old Jamaican woman is the oldest person on Earth

Read on to find out the secret to her long life

By Lydia Chan | Published: 18 Apr 2017

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Violet Brown is believed to be the oldest living person on Earth, at the ripe age of 117 years and 38 days. The Jamaican woman takes over the title of the world's oldest person following the death of Emma Morano of Italy last weekend (she was also aged 117).

On living so long, Violet said, "This is what God has given me, so I have to take it, long life." As for the secret to such a long life, the 117-year-old credits hard work (she was a sugarcane farmer) and a strong foundation in her faith. The elderly woman is a staunch Christian who still attends church service "up to today". Food-wise, Violet says there is no secret formula although she does abstain from certain things.

"Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don't drink rum and them things," she has said in previous interviews.

Also worth noting: the current second and third oldest people listed by the Gerontology Research Group are two Japanese women, Nabi Tajima (116) and Chiyo Miyako (115). Japanese people also make up about half of the entire list of 42 people. Only one man from Russia, who now lives in Israel, sits on the list at 113 years old.

Looks like the secret to longevity is either saying no to chicken, pork and rum, or moving to Japan – we pick the latter.

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