Thursday, April 7, 2011

"I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly."

Interesting "research by Prof. Kim Jong-in of Wonkwang University, who analyzed newspaper obituaries and data from Statistics Korea between 2001 and 2010 and derived the average life span of different professions" — Clergy Live Longest, Entertainers Shortest: "Religious leaders lived an average of 82 years, which was the longest, followed by university professors and politicians (79), legal experts (78), businesspeople (77), senior government officials, artists and writers (74). But journalists (72), athletes (69) and entertainers (65) died relatively young."

The author suggests, "Clergy tended to live longer due to their temperate lifestyle involving a moderate diet, no smoking and abstinence from alcohol." Korea's hard-drinking, chain-smoking Catholic priests would more than counter any effects this might have, but I suspect the author does not take into account the many health benefits drinking and smoking provide.

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Blogger pandora said...

Ah - burning the candle at both ends!

11:16 AM  

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