Monday, June 13, 2005

Medical Science Restates the Obvious

It's said that lascivious French chanteur Serge Gainsbourg used to defend his wild lifestyle by saying that "Smoking preserves meat, and alcohol preserves fruit." Serge Gainsbourg died of a heart attack at age 65, so you make the call on that one.

Shocking news from the BBC: apparently, smoking and overeating are bad.
BBC NEWS: Smoking and obesity ‘age people’

A study of 1,222 twins revealed that "smoking accelerated the ageing of key pieces of a person's DNA by about 4.6 years. For obesity it was nine years." And here I thought the only way to rewrite your DNA was by standing in front of the microwave.

Still, the study seems a bit repetitive. "Hey, everybody! Smoking and overeating? No good." Well...yeah. Having a study reaffirm that every few months isn't going to keep folks from dipping their French fries in mayonnaise. And this is probably just me, but is anybody else concerned about the plight of all these identical twins we subject to grueling medical research? Where's PETA when you need them?

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