Teaser Tuesdays: The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just open your current read to a random page and share a few sentences. Be careful not to include spoilers!

I am transfixed by Jared Diamond’s new book. For example:

Although the specific role of TV has not been quantified in India, a study in Australia found that each hour per day spent watching TV is associated with an 18% increase in cardiovascular mortality (much of it related to diabetes), even after controlling for other risk factors such as waist circumference, smoking, alcohol intake, and diet. But those factors notoriously increase with TV watching time, so the true figure must be even larger than that 18% estimate.

This is the kind of statement I find fascinating, shocking, and utterly unsurprising all at once. Although sinister, it does make me want to read more! How about you?

This quotation comes from an uncorrected advance proof and is subject to change.

2 Responses

  1. I’m not a tv watcher. Always wanted to like tv more than I like to read, but reading is my first love. This statistic is very interesting. Wonder what else you will discover in this book. I need to read more nonfiction. Might make it some type of small goal.

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