So I took the Real Age test. It’s available from Dr. Oz’s site.
If you want to know your real age, figure out what year you were born, and figure out what year it is. Subtract the year you were born from this year, and you have a rough estimate of your real age.
If you want a medical gimmick for your real age, feel free to give a computer program your contact information, your birthdate, and an enormous amount of personal medical information highly tailored to your previous answers. I knew I was in trouble when the computer asked me who had diagnosed my thinning hair and I checked self rather than saying a licensed professional had diagnosed it.
The problem with any sort of computer simulation is that it only asks questions about known or reasonable risk factors. There should have been a great deal more on family history. If you want to know how long you’ve got, look at when all your grandparents died. Factor in whether they smoked like chimneys or drank like a waterfall, and you have a good idea of how long you’ll live. Knowing that I’m officially RealAge 37.7 (I like the .7) isn’t much help if all my family kicked off in their early forties.
I had an irrational urge to cheat on the Real Age questions. What if I claimed to be a svelte female me? Would I live longer? What if I claimed I smoked like a chimney? Would that age me overnight? What difference did it make that I checked thinning hair rather than the tempting “no illnesses.” Why did they even ask about thinning hair? Is it really an aging factor? Did it age me because of the “thick haired men look younger” gene?
I think they should add a section to the Real Age answer sheet where they explain what the “right” answers would have been. How are you supposed to improve your real age if you don’t have a clear picture of what you’re missing? Oh, that’s right. I’ll get pieces of my “right” answers in the mail, tailored to keeping me hooked on an endless supply of pamphlets and overpriced supplements. Even as we speak, a pamphlet for thinning hair is winging its way through the internet ether to land with a solid thud at my email door. Now that I’ve given my health information away, all I can expect is an endless parade of people who want to fix the boxes I checked.
So what’s my real age? It’s not 37.7. First I take the current year, then I deduct the year I was born…
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