Tuesday, June 08, 2004

The secret of long life 

"Why do some people live longer than others?" asks BBC. Because they don't ask stupid questions, as my grandmother would answer. Anyway, the story goes to note that Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, has just published a book called "Status Syndrome", which argues that "our health and how long we live is influenced to a high degree by our social standing":

"People with PhDs live longer than those with masters degrees. Those with a masters live longer than those with a degree, while those with a degree live longer than those who left school early.

"Similarly, actors who have won an Oscar will live on average three years longer than those who were nominated for the award but missed out."
Now all I need to do is also win an Oscar and I'll outlive every bastard on the planet. Interesting topic, though, in all seriousness.


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