It’s not always easy making healthy choices, but a new website has launched to give us a boost of motivation. The number crunchers at Project Big Life can break down your life expectancy in just a few minutes.
The website has four health calculators on it: Life expectancy, heart attack and stroke, elder-life, and sodium. The calculators consist of algorithms based on medical data, and these algorithms claim to accurately predict the risk of developing diseases, dying or using healthcare. They use personal information, like weight, eating habits, smoking habits, alcohol intake, and ethnic group to predict the future of your health and lifespan.
At the heart of it, these calculators aim to to encourage healthy habits and highlight the effects of lifestyle decisions on lifespan.
The data used was collected by a research team from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and millions of users across 200 countries have checked out the website to learn about this individual risk.
Of course, the calculators come with some pitfalls. Firstly, they don’t take into account specific “biomarkers” such as blood pressure and cholesterol. Also, they currently only use data from people living in Ontario as its benchmark, which isn’t necessarily applicable to other populations around the world. Not to mention, the calculators require users to be 100 percent honest about everything from your age and weight to how many alcoholic drinks you consume in a week.
Want to check it out for yourself? Visit the Project Big Life website.