The world’s oldest woman has revealed her secret to her long life and it’s NOT what you would’ve thought… 

Emma Morano was born in northern Italy on November 29th 1899 and is the world’s oldest person at 116. 

The previous holder of this title, Susannah Mushatt Jones, died in New York last week at 116-years-old. 

Talking to The Telegraph Mrs Morano, believed to be the only person in the world who was born in the 19th century, said her secret is that she eats three eggs a day, two of them raw and a little raw minced meat. 

Mrs Morano has had this diet ever since she was diagnosed with anaemia at the age of 20. 

In addition, she credits her longevity to having left her violent husband in 1938, shortly after the death of her only child and has remained single ever since. 


Over her lifetime, she has seen two World Wars, the coming of the nuclear age and the invention of email and the internet. 

One of her carers, 72-year-old Rosie Santoni, told The Telegraph 

She was told [that she is now the oldest person in the world] this morning and she said “My word, I’m as old as the hills” but she was very pleased. Considering her age, she is in pretty good health. She does find walking very tiring though and she has a nap during the day.” 

On her birthday, she received a telegram from Sergio Mattarella, the president of Italy and a signed parchment from Pope Francis wishing her ‘good health and serenity of spirit’.