Monday, February 26, 2007

Poor sod

A 107-year-old Hong Kong villager, who still enjoys an occasional smoke, has attributed his longevity in part to decades of sexual abstinence, a newspaper says.

"I don't know why I have lived this long," Chan Chi - one of Hong Kong's oldest people - was quoted as saying in the South China Morning Post during an annual feast for the city's elders.

"Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have lived a sex-less life for many years - since I was 30," Chan said, a widower whose youthful bride perished during the Japanese invasion in World War II.

Chan, from Hong Kong's less built-up New Territories hinterland, was pictured looking sprightly and eating heartily at the banquet.

A former chef, he says a low-fat diet and regular dawn exercises had helped him fight off the ravages of old age.

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