News flash: Healthy people live longer


Researchers have determined that people in good physical condition live longer. Who'd'a thunk it?

Comments (15)
  1. John says:

    In related news, Lewis Black has observed that the good die young but pricks live forever.

  2. Tell it to Jim Fixx.

  3. Neil (SM) says:

    A few months ago Comsumer Reports reported on a study that discovered that children who are more active during the day are more tired at night.

    http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2009/07/advice-for-parents-for-getting-your-child-to-sleep-active-children-earlier-bedtimes.html

    I’m waiting for the next groundbreaking study to show me that drinking more water yields more trips to the bathroom.

  4. - dan says:

    totally of topic but…

    Looking at your book (or at least the photo of it) to the left, it looks like the cover of a cook book.

    Just a weird observation, now I’m hungry

  5. -dan says:

    make that the picture of the book is on the right

    I’m losing it

  6. Fuzzy says:

    Research shows that people looking at Raymond’s book are 50% more likely to feel hungry.

    (with an error of +-50%)

  7. Ed says:

    I love it when journalists try to report on scientific research and end up simplifying it into something that’s blindingly obvious. If you read the article, you’ll see that the researchers actually quantified the correlation between fitness and mortality for men in a certain age group, and showed that the statistics were unaffected by whether the subject was white or black, or whether they had heart disease. Presumably that headline wouldn’t be as catchy as "exercise is good for you", though.

    If newspapers had been around when Newton discovered his law of gravitation, the headline would have been "things fall when you drop them".

  8. Anonymous says:

    Phrases like "risk of death is 70% lower" without further qualification are also amusing.

    Sorry fit people.  Your risk of death is still 100%.

  9. MarcT says:

    I’m amused by the tone of the article – "Healthy people live longer – even if they’re black!" As if that’s the really surprising part.

  10. EvanED says:

    @Ed: ‘If newspapers had been around when Newton discovered his law of gravitation, the headline would have been "things fall when you drop them".’

    This is a wonderful quote; I think I have to steal it.

  11. porter says:

    > If newspapers had been around when Newton discovered his law of gravitation,

    Ah, but if "Ye Fox Newes" had been around they would have made sure it was "Fayre and Balanced" by spending two thirds of the time interviewing the Montgolfier Brothers.

  12. MZ says:

    Another study revealed that weather changes don’t affect Raymonds disposition to reveal the Notepad’s author name.

    [News flash: Changes in weather do not affect whether Raymond has permission to reveal the name of the author of Notepad. -Raymond]
  13. VJ says:

    Ed: Your comment is so beautiful. I love it.

  14. Cheong says:

    Actually, the researchers may find it another way round in wartimes.

  15. Fabian says:

    One of my favourite theories is that you get back at the end of your life all the time you spent exercising during it.

    I think I’d rather the time now, thanks!

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