In 2005, Doctors Bradley Willcox, Craig Willcox and Makoto Suzuki's book The Okinawa Diet was published and rose to become a New York Times best-seller. Modeled after the lifestyles of Okinawans, the world's longest-living people, these doctors presented a formula for weight loss and longevity that focused on social, spiritual and dietary health. Later that same year, National Geographic's "The Secrets of Longevity" elevated Okinawans as examples of people who live long lives because of their low-meat/high-vegetable diet, active lifestyles and social networks. But over the past decade, the New York Times and The Telegraph have published articles questioning the health of Okinawans given their adoption of western eating habits since the American occupation between the end of World War II and 1952. These articles cited surprising statistics about meat and fat consumption in Okinawa -- Japan's most obese administrative prefecture today.
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