Eating, drinking too much can shorten life
'Tis the season for celebration: eating, drinking and – sometimes – overindulging. A new report in the British Medical Journal warns that for each day spent smoking, eating red meat, having a few drinks or even watching television, people are shortening their lives by as much as 30 minutes. On the other hand, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables each day and exercising can add as much as two hours to a person's life expectancy.
Professor David Spiegelhalter, a statistician from the University of Cambridge, said that daily behaviors can affect "microlives," representing roughly a half hour of life expectancy. To be more specific in identifying detrimental behaviors, Spiegelhalter noted that a "microlife" is being lost for every day that a person smokes two cigarettes, eats a hamburger, has two or three alcoholic drinks, watches two or more hours of television or is about 10 pounds overweight.
It may be the season to party, but keep in mind the permanent effects of your activities.