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Thursday, May 06, 2004

The Death Clock

The Death Clock - When Am I Going To Die?

Friday, October 24, 2031, the death clock says-- longer if I ditch some pounds. The death clock tells me, "Weight gain in adulthood is associated with significant increased mortality. In the Framingham Heart Study, the risk of death within 26 years increased by 1% for each extra pound increase in weight between the ages of 30 years and 42 years and by 2% between the ages of 50 years and 62 years (Solomon et al. 1997; Kopelman 2000). One study found that fat loss was associated with a decrease in mortality rate (Allison et al. 1999). "

The death clock, of course, is just a parlor game, far from infallible. I had three sibs who died far sooner than the death clock would've calculated for them.

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