As we have learned over the past several years, pretty much everything is going to kill us, or at the very least do us grave bodily harm.
The popular Ketogenic diet? Could shorten your life. Getting too much sleep? Might cut years off your life. STDs? At a record high. Vaping? Worse than cigarettes. Widely-praised for its health benefits coconut oil? “Pure poison.” Even our tasty morning cereal might have pesticide in it.
So, since pretty much anything we eat and everything we do is going to shortenour lives, let’s do another thing we love to do that’s probably bad for us: play the odds.
I mean, if we’re going to be doing things that might kill us, at least we should do them with knowledge of what our odds of survival are, right?
Thankfully, we can do just that as the folks over at Best Health Degrees have gathered up some frightening data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and compiled what our chances are when we do things we love like skiing, scuba diving, playing football, jogging, and *gasp* playing computer games!
• Bicycling: 7.1 deaths per one million participants
• Triathlon: 1.5 deaths per 100,000 participants
• High school or college football: 1 in 59 million
• Soccer and rugby: 1 in 100,000
• Running/jogging: 1 in one million
• Recreational climbing: Annual mortality risk of 1 in 1,750
• Skydiving: 1 in 101,083 jumps
• Driving a car: 1 death per 6,700 car accidents
• Dance party: 1 in 100,000 chance of dying
• Computer games: 1 in 100 million chance of dying
And some more good news…
Whatever the odds of a person dying during the next year it will be twice as large 8 years from now according to British actuary Benjamin Gompertz in 1825; it’s called the “Gompertz Law of human mortality.” Your probability of dying during a given year doubles every 8 years.
View the complete study at BestHealthDegrees.com.