August 31, 2005


Starving won't make people live longer-researchers (Maggie Fox, Aug 28, 2005., Yahoo)

Starving -- officially known as caloric restriction -- may make worms and mice live up to 50 percent longer but it will not help humans live super-long lives, two biologists argued on Sunday.

They said their mathematical model showed that a lifetime of low-calorie dieting would only extend human life span by about 7 percent, unlike smaller animals, whose life spans are affected more by the effects of starvation.

This is because restricting calories only indirectly affects life span, said John Phelan of the University of California Lo Angeles and Michael Rose of the University of California Irvine.

Researchers at various universities and the national Institutes of Health are testing the theories but there are groups already cutting calories by up to a third in the hope they can live to be 120 or 125, while staying healthy.

"Our message is that suffering years of misery to remain super-skinny is not going to have a big payoff in terms of a longer life," said Phelan, an evolutionary biologist, in a statement.

But at least you'll be miserable fror a shorter time than you thought.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2005 6:24 AM

If the theory was true, 70 years from now we'd be seeing all these 110-year-old ex-supermodels being promoted for their longevity-inducing lifestyles about like the old folks in Southern Russia used to be in those Dannon Yogurt commercials in the 1970s.

Posted by: John at August 31, 2005 10:33 AM

But these people will have no muscles and fragile bones most of their lives. Kinda like being perpetually old.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 31, 2005 10:55 AM

It's like any of these abstemious "health" fads--they don't make you live longer, it just makes it seem longer.

Posted by: ted welter at August 31, 2005 11:09 AM

On behalf of fat men everywhere, let me be the first to say, Ha Ha!

Posted by: H.D. Miller at August 31, 2005 11:19 AM

Well, if it'll give Our Enlightened Betters one less thing to sneer down their elevated noses at us, so much the better.

Back when this was the latest way to Live Forever (TM), I used to observe that Third World peasants beat them to it with these trendy Caloric-restricted Organic Vegan Diets -- BECAUSE THEY WERE DIRT-POOR AND STARVING! YOU'RE PAYING HOW MANY THOUSAND $$$ SO YOU CAN EAT JUST LIKE A STARVING REFUGEE IN THE SUDAN?

Posted by: Ken at August 31, 2005 4:51 PM
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