London, Nov 14 (UNI) Scientists claim that the secret of living to 100 is to take up farming, have lots of children and stay trim but not thin.
With a view to find why centenarians live so long, researchers studied the health records of dozens of them.
It was found that eating moderately--not too much and not too little, having more than four children by the age of 30 and taking up farming were keys to a long life.
The couple, Leonid and Natalia Gavrilov, from the Centre on Ageing at the University of Chicago, said,''This study provides the first estimates of height, body build and other vital characteristics for the future centenarian.'' They analysed the records of 171 men born in 1887 who reached the age of 100.
''Our initial expectation was that thin people would live longer.
But it really does not do much, compared with medium body build.
There is no need to suffer,'' the Daily Telegraph quoted Dr Gavrilov as saying.