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The Fat Lady may be the one singing at the opera house, but everyone watching her is exceptionally thin.A new study from the Sociology Of Health And Illness shows that there is a strong association between engaging in culturally enriching but sedentary activities and low body-mass index, Pacific Standard Magazine reported.
The study analysed the height and weight of people in 17 nations, most of which were in Europe, and then looked at how much time they spent reading, socializing, attending cultural events, going to sporting events, watching television, shopping, and exercising.
People who read, attended cultural events, saw movies, and used the Internet had a strong association with lower body-mass index—almost as strong as the association with exercise.
To further support that the cultural elite are thinner, people who watched TV, socialized, played cards, attended sporting events, and shopped had higher average BMIs.
The connection showed up stronger in woman than in men, and showed up the most in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland.
Pacific Standard theorized that “The social meaning of the activity [of reading] rather than the activity itself must be important for weight control.”
If you see the museums, libraries, and theatres flooded this weekend, you know why.
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