Emma Morano of Italy, the world's current longest living person, died on Saturday at 117. So now, Violet Mosses Brown of Jamaica is the new oldest person in the world.
Brown is also 117 years old and credits her faith and work ethic for her longevity. She also shares her few dietary rules that may have contributed to her health, reports FaithWire.
“Honor your mother and father so your days may be long,” Brown said, quoting the Old Testament, in an interview given several years ago.
Brown has been heavily involved at her Baptist church, receiving an award when she was 107 years old for her more than 50 years of “staunch contribution” to the church.
“I love the Church,” Brown said.
Brown shared about how she had to walk three miles barefoot to fetch water and still be home in time for school by 9 a.m when she was a girl. She ties how hard she had to work to her longevity.
“I tell you, these young people these days have it easy — piped water, taxis and buses to bring them where they want to go, everything to their convenience,” Brown said.
“When I was younger, and even as an adult, I had to work so hard that sometimes when I look back, I cry at how hard I had to work to make a living for my family.”
When asked about her diet, Brown just says she stays away from a few things: namely, pork, chicken, and booze.
“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 dem tings,” she said, smiling.
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