Fame and Great Performance May Shorten Lives

By analyzing the New York Times (NYT) obituaries, enough evidence is gathered to imply that achieving performance success in sports or the arts might shorten one's life. The Aussie researchers conducting the study analyzed a thousand obituaries and published their findings on the Internet via OJM: An International Journal of Medicine.

Many other studies offer results that show that lifespan is connected with other job-related factors. The newest study, on the other hand, examines the extent by which success and fame can shorten lives. The people conducting the study are Catherine Epstein from Brisbane's University of Queensland and Richard Epstein from Sydney's University of New South Wales (specifically, from St. Vincent's Hospital and Clinical School).

Fame and performance achievement in sports-related careers might be earned at the cost of a shorter life. In such pursuits, smoking and other risky behaviors might be causes or effects of early death. The obituaries used for the study were ones published from 2009 to 2011. The factors being analyzed by the Australian research team were cause of death, occupation, age, and gender. Once the results were sorted out, it was discovered that athletes, creative people (such as composers, visual artists, and writers), and people in the performing arts (such as actors, dancers, musicians, and singers) were likelier to die younger—at 78.5 years for creative people, 77.4 years for performance arts people, and 77.1 years for athletes—compared to military, business, political, religious, academic, and professional individuals.
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