I was particularly struck about the subsection of chapter 8 titled “Marathonlessness Is Not a Disease.” In this section, the authors discussed the ways that research can be exaggerated to overestimate illnesses. The section outlines the way that hypersensitivity to illness and disease can actually be harmful to one’s health. The fact is, there is just simply not enough definitive research to say what amount of exercise is the perfect amount for each individual. Research is too specific, particularly male specific, to be able to generalize studies over the entire population. That being said, I think that we live in a generation that takes workouts and diets from the internet without actually knowing the costs and benefits that they will have for each individual person. Today, people, myself included, seem to believe that exercising, no matter what this entails, will be automatically beneficial and make you a healthier person, even though this is not the case.
I was very critical of the results of chapter 9. Though marriage does play a large and significant role in the lives of may people, I do not think that the authors dove deeply enough into the issue. The vagueness of being “satisfied” in a marriage does not cover the types of complex issues that a marriage can bring about. The chapter did not discuss abusive relationships, the significance of children in the marriage, or the sickness of a spouse, all of which (and more) are incredibly important to the level of stress existing in a marriage. This level of stress seems to be repetitively indicative of longevity, so I think that they are categories worth investigating.