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Retail therapy could really be good for you

12th April 2011

Shopping may be an easy way for people to stay healthy, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

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The researchers found that 'retail therapy' had tangible benefits for people's physical health.

The findings were especially significant where men were concerned.

The researchers said that, while people often shopped purely for pleasure, shopping did not require motivation or professional instruction to also be a positive health influence.

For the study, the researchers gathered 1,850 people who were over the age of 65.

All of the study subjects lived on their own, without anyone to take care of them.

The researchers kept track of how the initial study participants fared over 10 years, between 1999 and 2008.

Even after making health-related statistical corrections, the researchers found that the people who shopped every day ended up living longer than the people who did less shopping.

Overall, men who shopped daily had a 28% decrease in mortality, while women who shopped daily had a 23% decrease.

Attempting to explain why there was a correlation between eschewing shopping and an early death, the researchers said that people who did not shop ate less healthily and were more lonely than people who did.

Shopping is also a sustained form of low-level exercise for the mind and the body.

David Oliver, a visiting professor of medicine at City University in London, commented on the findings that it made sense to him that shopping would affect people's physical and psychological well-being.

 

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