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Oldest person in the world reveals her secret to her longevity as she turns 117

Mirror Mirror 29/11/2016 Rachel Bishop

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The oldest woman in the world has revealed her secret to a long life as she turns 117 this week. 

Emma Moran - who has survived two World Wars , claims eating three eggs a day has helped her reached the record milestone.

She has eaten one cooked and two raw eggs each day since a doctor recommended doing so when she was diagnosed with anemia at the age of 20.

She also credits eating small amounts of minced meat and only having milk for supper.

However, she also used to eat 500 grams of Gianduiotti every week (chocolates made with the hazelnuts), and glasses full of honey.

As the huge milestone approaches, Emma cheerily accepts presents, before telling reporters: "I’m doing really fine, but my legs are weak."

Emma was born in Civiasco, province of Vercelli, in 1899 as the first of eight children.

As a teenager, she enjoyed dancing, loved waltz and tango and adored music - but she suffered hard times throughout her life.

During the First World War her fiancé was called to the front line - and the young lovers never met again.

Credits: EPA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: EPA Emma believed he had been killed, but according to a journalist for local paper L’Alpino he returned home to find she had moved.

She married in October 1926 and 11 years later had her only child, who died at the age of six months.

After an unhappy marriage she split from her husband the next year.

Mrs Morano, who remained single for the rest of her life, worked in a factory making jute sacks then as a cook before retiring at the age of 75.

She took the title of oldest person after the death of previous record holder Susannah Mushatt Jones in May last year.

After hearing that she was the world's oldest human, the Italian reportedly said: "My word, I’m as old as the hills."

Rosi Santoni, who helps care for Mrs Moran, told the newspaper the supercentenarian is almost entirely deaf and her social life is very limited as all her peers are now dead.

She said: "Considering her age she is in pretty good health.

“She does find walking very tiring, though, and she has a nap during the day.”

Mrs Morano was born on November 29, 1899, in Civiasco in the Piedmont region of northern Italy and the eldest of eight children.

Her family moved to Pallanza close on Lake Maggiore, close to the Swiss border, where she still lives in a small flat.

Credits: NY Daily News via Getty Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: NY Daily News via Getty Images As well as holding the title of the oldest person in the world, she is also the oldest Italian person ever.

She took up the record last year after the last American born in the 1800s - just months before Mrs Morano - Susannah Mushatt Jones passed away at the age of 116.

Her death was confirmed by senior consultant Robert Young, from the Gerontology Research Group, who said that "Miss Susie' died at a nursing home in Brooklyn, New York. 

Ms Jones, who didn't have any children, was born in a small farm town near Montgomery, Alabama, in 1899, and was the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves.

She was one of 11 siblings and attended a special school for young black girls.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Family members have credited her long life to love of family and generosity to others.

Ms Jones became Guinness World Records' official oldest person when 117-year-old Misao Okawa died in Tokyo last year.

The oldest verified person was Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at 122 years and 164 days, the research group said.

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